The one and only Phyllis Lambert continues to rake in architecture honors from around the globe. She received the American Academy's Brunner Memorial Prize this past April and was bestowed the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement during the 2014 Venice Biennale. Most recently, the former Canadian Centre for Architecture Director has been honored with the 2016 Wolf Prize in Israel. Past laureates include Eduardo Souto de Moura, David Chipperfield, and Peter Eisenman.
Lambert, who was announced as the 2016 laureate in January, was formally presented with the Wolf Prize during an award ceremony in the presence of Israel's President Reuven Rivlin. Lambert was recognized for her six decades of dedicated advocacy of design innovation and preservation, and pushing for progress in architectural education and the profession. To get an idea of the Wolf Prize's prestige, Wolf recipients are typically considered as potential candidates for the Nobel Prize.
From being a designer and planner to museum director and philanthropist, Lambert was cited for “ultimately [standing for] professional rigor and esthetic elegance, but also for intellectual doubt and political critique.”
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