The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has awarded Edward (Ted) Cullinan for his lifelong achievements in the industry with its coveted Royal Gold Medal, approved and presented by HR the Queen.

The first British architect to receive the award since Archigram in 2002, Cullinan’s influence on architecture has had a “truly international effect”, according to the institute.

“The honour recognises Cullinan’s work which includes over 110 buidlings, his keen awareness of the natural environment and his deep engagement with those who use and experience buildings,” RIBA says.

Exemplifying these qualities, according to RIBA, is the RMC Headquarters in Surrey. Designed by the architect in 1990, it is a low-energy design of ventilated offices that highlights pioneering design and harmony between existing landscapes and buildings.

Cullinan began his career designing the student residences of the UK’s University of East Anglia following his education at Cambridge University, the Architectural Association and the University of California.

His own practice, founded in 1965, has been known to focus on sustainable building techniques long before they were widely accepted.

By staff writer