U.Va. bestows highest awards
By Jane Ford and Fariss Samarrai
Court associate justice Anthony M. Kennedy and husband-and-wife
team Tod Williams and Billie Tsien will receive the 2003 Thomas
Jefferson Medals in Law
respectively. The medals are the highest outside awards offered
by the University, which grants no honorary degrees.
who will receive the 27th annual Jefferson Medal in Law, has served
on the high court since 1988. Williams and Tsien, who will receive
the 38th annual Jefferson Medal in Architecture, are founding
partners of the New York architectural firm TWBTA.
awards are co-sponsored by the University and the Thomas Jefferson
Foundation Inc., the non-profit organization that owns and operates
Monticello. They will be presented during a private Rotunda luncheon
as part of Founders Day observances, and reflect Jeffersons
deep interest in law and architecture.
honorees will give public lectures. Kennedy will offer Comments
on the Supreme Court April 10 at 4:15 p.m. at the Law Schools
Caplin Pavilion. Williams and Tsien will lecture Friday at 3:30
p.m. in Old Cabell Hall Auditorium. The School of Architectures
Elmaleh Gallery will host an accompanying exhibition of their
and Tsien designed and built such buildings as The Whitney Museum
of American Arts downtown branch in New York City; the Neurosciences
Institute in La Jolla, Calif., which was awarded a National American
Institute of Architects Honor Award; and U.Va.s Hereford
projects include The Museum of Folk Art in New York City, which
was named the Best New Building in the World by World Architecture
magazine in 2002.
architects bring a desire to cross disciplinary boundaries in
their teaching and practice, often performing extensive experiments
on materials that result in innovative and unique applications.
internationally known practice is celebrated for its institutional
and residential projects, as well as its exhibition design,
said Architecture School Dean Karen Van Lengen. Their work
is characterized by a strong formal presence thoughtfully integrated
into the landscape and with particular attention to new materials
and Tsien have taught at Harvard, Yale, Pennsylvania, Parsons
School of Design, Southern California Institute of Architecture
and the University of Texas, among others. Williams also held
the Thomas Jefferson Chair in the department of architecture at
U.Va. in 1990.
a California native and Harvard Law alumnus, received his B.A.
from Stanford and the London School of Economics. He was in private
practice until 1975, when President Ford made him the nations
youngest federal judge, appointing him to the Ninth Circuit Court
of Appeals at age 38. President Reagan elevated him to the Supreme
Court 13 years later.
has served in the California National Guard, on the board of the
Federal Judicial Center, and on two committees of the Judicial
Conference of the United States: the Advisory Panel on Financial
Disclosure Reports and Judicial Activities, and the Committee
on Pacific Territories, which he chaired from 1982-1990. From
1965 until his Supreme Court appointment he was a professor of
constitutional law at the University of the Pacific.
a conservative, is known for his ability to build bridges between
the courts conservative and liberal justices.