Dworkin, Zumthor TJ Foundation Medalists
|Law professor Ronald M. Dworkin will speak on April 12 at 4:15 p.m. in Caplin Pavilion.
|Swiss architect Peter Zumthor will give his talk on April 13 at 1 p.m. in Old Cabell Hall Auditorium.
By Mary Carlson and Jane Ford
Ronald M. Dworkin, the Frank Henry Sommer Professor of Law at the New York University School of Law and also professor of jurisprudence at Oxford University, is the recipient of the 2006 Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Law. Peter Zumthor, the internationally acclaimed architect known for an extreme attention to craft and detail, has won the 41st annual Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Architecture.
Dworkin and Zumthor will receive their medals, given to individuals for lasting contributions in fields that deeply interested Jefferson, during the University’s Founder’s Day celebration on Wednesday, April 12.
LAWYER, WRITER, PROFESSOR
Dworkin holds two degrees from Harvard University, a B.A. and LL.B., as well as a B.A. from Oxford University and an M.A. from Yale University. After completing law school, he clerked for Judge Learned Hand of the U.S. Court of Appeals. Judge Hand would later call Dworkin the finest clerk he ever employed. Dworkin then joined Sullivan and Cromwell, a noted New York City law firm and then left private practice to become a law professor at Yale. He has also taught at Oxford University and University College in London.
A fellow of the British Academy and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Dworkin has written several books on legal issues, including “Freedom’s Law,” “Taking Rights Seriously,“ and “Philosophical Issues in Senile Dementia.” In addition, he has authored many articles in philosophical and legal journals and articles on legal and political topics in the New York Times Review of Books.
‘MODEL OF ARCHITECT AS ARTIST’
Having learned carpentry skills from his father, Zumthor studied design at the Kunstgewerbeschule (school of arts and crafts) in Switzerland and at New York’s Pratt Institute in the 1960s. After working on historic building restoration projects, he founded his own practice in 1979, based in Switzerland. His work includes many examples of public architecture.
Among them are: Protective Housing for Roman Archaeological Excavations, Chur, Switzerland, “Topography of Terror,” International Exhibition and Documentation Center, Berlin, Germany, and Gugalun House, Versam, Switzerland. Zumthor won the 1999 Mies van der Rohe Prize for European Architecture and has recently accepted a commission to design the Santa Guilia church in Milan, Italy, the keystone building of the Foster & Partners 1 million-square-foot masterplan for that city.
Zumthor has also designed a new gallery for the DIA foundation in New York. It will house the 360-degree I Ching art sculpture by Walter de Maria. A project for the Art Museum “Kolumba,” in the old city of Cologne, Germany, will be completed in May 2007.
“We are so pleased to be able to offer the medal to Zumthor,” said Karen Van Lengen, dean of the School of Architecture and chair of the selection committee. “He is the model of the architect as artist. His work, so beautifully conceived and executed, signifies a standard that we all appreciate and aspire to in the School of Architecture.”
Zumthor has taught design at SCI-Arc, The Harvard Graduate School of Design and Tulane University, among others, and is a professor at the Academia di architettura, Università della Svizzera Italiana, Mendrisio.
THE TJ FOUNDATION MEDALS
The Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Law and Medal in Architecture are the highest outside awards offered by the University, which grants no honorary degrees. The annual awards – law in its 30th year and architecture in its 41st – are given as part of U.Va.’s Founder’s Day activities.
The University 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. The medalists will give public lectures about their work on April 12 and 13.