Humanitarian architect, judge to give Founder’s Day talks
Tree planting also part of activities to honor Jefferson’s 262nd birthday
Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, recognized for his humanitarian efforts to provide housing for victims of disasters and his exploration of the structural capabilities of organic materials, such as paper tubes, bamboo and wood; and Judge Patricia M. Wald, former chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and a member of a group of international legal experts who examined the statute of the Iraqi Special Tribunal established to conduct the impending trial of Saddam Hussein; will receive the 2005 Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medals in Law and Architecture respectively.
The Thomas Jefferson Foundations Medal in Law and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Architecture recognize lasting contributions in fields that were of great interest to Jefferson, and are the highest outside awards offered by the University, which grants
no honorary degrees. The annual awards — law in its 29th year and architecture in its 40th year — are given as part of the University’s Founder’s Day activities, centered around Jefferson’s April 13 birthday.
U.Va. and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, a nonprofit organization that owns and operates Monticello, sponsor the medals, which will be presented during a private luncheon in the University’s Rotunda.
|Patricia M. Wald
Both recipients will give public lectures. Ban will speak on Tuesday, April 12, at 1 p.m. in Old Cabell Hall auditorium, and an exhibit of his work will be on display in the Victor and Sono Elmaleh Gallery at the School of Architecture, Campbell Hall, beginning April 11 through 30, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wald will speak on Tuesday, April 12, at 4:20 p.m. in Caplin Pavilion at the Law School.
A tree honoring McIntire School of Commerce Professor Andrew Ruppel will be planted on the north side of Monroe Hall on Wednesday, April 13. University President John T. Casteen III will preside at the planting of a Bur Oak at the 2 p.m. ceremony.
Ruppel played a major role in the Monroe Hall addition and landscaping scheme in that area of the University and as a long-time member of the U.Va.’s Arboretum and Landscape Committee has pursued efforts to preserve the landscaping and Grounds at the University.