bestows annual Thomas Jefferson medals
Caplin, former commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service and
eminent tax attorney, will receive the 25th annual Thomas Jefferson
Medal in Law, and Glenn
Murcutt, who is known for ecologically sensitive work combining
elements of regional vernacular with modernist tradition, will
receive the 36th annual Thomas Jefferson Medal in Architecture.
The Jefferson Medals are the highest outside honors bestowed by
the University, which grants no honorary degrees.
jointly by the University and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation
Inc., the non-profit organization that owns and operates Monticello,
the awards are part of the Universitys annual Founders
Day celebration, usually held on April 13, Jeffersons birthday.
Since April 13 falls on Good Friday this year, Founders
Day will be celebrated on April 12.
recipients will give public lectures on April 11, in connection
with their awards. Murcutt will speak on Place, Technology
and Culture: Architecture for the Australian Landscape at
2 p.m. in the Old Cabell Hall Auditorium. Caplin will speak on
The State of Lawyering in the Law
Schools Caplin Pavilion at 3:30 p.m.
Thomas Jefferson Medal in Law is conferred to a person of outstanding
achievement in American or international law. Caplins many-faceted
professional career reflects the astonishing breadth of his service
and accomplishments as academic lawyer, public servant and distinguished
practitioner, said Law School Dean Robert Scott. He
has exemplified the Jeffersonian ideal of the lawyer as public
in 1916 in New York, Caplin graduated from the College of Arts
& Sciences in 1937 and the School of Law in 1940. He taught
tax law at U.Va. from 1950 to 1961, when President John F. Kennedy
tapped him to be commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service.
In 1964, Caplin resigned from the IRS and co-founded Caplin &
Drysdale, the Washington, D.C.-based law firm where he still is
a senior partner and practices as a tax law authority. He was
a visiting professor in tax law at U.Va. for 22 years, retiring
as a professor emeritus in 1988.
has been a generous benefactor to the University, especially to
the Law School. He has served on the U.Va. Board
of Visitors, as a trustee of the Law School Foundation and
as chair of the Universitys Council for the Arts since its
inception in 1990. His gifts have funded the Law Schools
Caplin Auditorium and other major improvements to the schools
facilities, the Daniel Caplin Professorship and a public service
center, scholarship and award.
Murcutt, Australias best-known architect, was born in England
and spent his early years in New Guinea before moving with his
family to Sydney, Australia, where he studied architecture at
the University of New South Wales.
are so pleased to honor Glenn Murcutt this year, said Karen
Van Lengen, dean of the School of Architecture. His thoughtful,
ethical, aesthetic approach to the design of the environment honors
the true spirit of Jefferson and provides a wonderful example
for our students and faculty. The architecture medal is
given for lasting contributions to a field that deeply interested
1969 Murcutt has worked almost exclusively alone in his practice,
single-handedly guiding every aspect of a project from conception
to completion in his Sydney office. His designs integrate the
structure with the landscape, climate and client requirements.
Considered both an environmentalist and a naturalist, he has long
been interested in traditional societies and his work with Australias
Aboriginal community and culture and their sense of place has
been a cornerstone of his architecture.