Award Annual Thomas Jefferson Medals In Architecture, Law
April 1, 2003--
Anthony M. Kennedy, associate justice on the U.S. Supreme
Court, and Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, celebrated educators and
architects, will receive the 2003 Thomas Jefferson Medals in Law
medals are the highest outside awards offered by the University
of Virginia, which grants no honorary degrees.
has served on the Supreme Court since 1988. He will receive the
27th annual Thomas Jefferson Medal in Law.
and Tsien, founding partners of the New York architectural firm
TWBTA, will receive the 38th annual Thomas Jefferson Medal in Architecture.
awards are sponsored by the University and the Thomas Jefferson
Foundation Inc., a non-profit organization that owns and operates
Monticello. They will be presented during a private luncheon in
the Rotunda as part of the University’s Founders Day celebration.
The award is given annually in memory of Thomas Jefferson, the University’s
founder, who was deeply interested in law and architecture.
will speak Thursday, April 10 at 4:15 p.m. at the law school’s
Caplin Pavilion. The title of his talk is “Comments on the
Supreme Court.” Williams and Tsien will give a lecture Friday,
April 11 at 3:30 p.m. in Old Cabell Hall auditorium. An accompanying
exhibition of their work will be held in the Elmaleh Gallery at
the School of Architecture.
part of the Founders Day activities, two magnolia trees will be
planted Friday, April 11 at 2 p.m. in Charlottesville on McCromick
Road near the University Cemetery, in honor of two University landscape
and Tsien have designed and built such buildings as, The Whitney
Museum of American Art’s 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 Hereford
College at U.Va.
projects include several residences, the Natatorium at the Cranbrook
School in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., 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, and The Student Arts Center
at John Hopkins University in Baltimore.
and Tsien received the Brunner Award from the American Academy of
Arts and Letters, the Medal of Honor from the New York City American
Institute of Architects, several National American Institute of
Architects awards, and the Chrysler Award for Design Innovation.
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 acclaimed design for The Museum of Folk Art in New
York City, for example, covers the building in plates of thombasil,
a white bronze alloy. In order to create the look of a hand-tooled
surface, meant to reflect the work housed in the museum, Williams
and Tsien worked with various artists and craftsmen on alternatives
for molding the metal before collaborating on a sand mold taken
from concrete and steel to provide the desired effect.
are so pleased to honor Tod Williams and Billie Tsien’s outstanding
contributions in the field of architecture, architectural education
and public service with the Thomas Jefferson Medal,” said
Karen Van Lengen, dean of the School of Architecture. “This
internationally known practice is celebrated for its institutional
and residential projects, as well as its exhibition design. Their
work is characterized by a strong formal presence thoughtfully integrated
into the landscape and with particular attention to new materials
received his undergraduate and master of fine arts and architecture
degrees from Princeton University. He began his career working for
received her undergraduate degree from Yale University and a master
of architecture degree from University of California at Los Angeles.
have taught at Harvard, Yale, the University of Pennsylvania, Parsons
School of Design, Southern California Institute of Architecture
and the University of Texas at Austin, among others.
held the Thomas Jefferson Chair in the department of architecture
at U.Va. in 1990.
native and Harvard Law alumnus, Kennedy was appointed to the Supreme
Court by President Ronald Reagan. He received his bachelor of arts
degree from Stanford University and the London School of Economics.
He began his law career in private practice and was appointed by
President Gerald R. Ford to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth
Circuit in 1975 at age 38. He was at the time the youngest federal
his career Kennedy 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 McGeorge School of Law at the University
of the Pacific.
was nominated for the Supreme Court after the highly conservative
Reagan nominee Robert Bork was rejected by the Senate and Reagan
nominee Douglas Ginsburg withdrew his name from consideration.
a conservative, is known for his ability to build bridges between
the court’s conservative and liberal justices.
Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298 and Fariss Samarrai, (434) 924-3778