Cesar Pelli Named for Louis Sullivan Award

Cesar Pelli, FAIA, of Cesar Pelli & Associates, will receive the 2005 Louis Sullivan Award from the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC). The presentation will be made at the union’s convention in Honolulu, Hawaii, on October 4, 2005. The Louis Sullivan Award is given to the practicing US or Canadian architect whose work over a span of time best exemplifies the ideals of the late Louis Sullivan, who is widely considered the father of modern architecture.

“BAC created this award to honor architects who, like us, are committed to quality and whose work demonstrates and preserves the highest standards of craftsmanship,” says BAC President John J. Flynn.

Recent Pelli projects include Miami Performing Arts Center, Yale University’s Engineering Research Building, The Overture Center for the Arts in Madison, Wisconsin, and the University of Chicago’s Ratner Athletic Center.

Born in Argentina, Pelli earned a Diploma in Architecture from the University of Tucumn. He served his apprenticeship in the offices of Eero Saarinen. In 1977, Pelli became Dean of the Yale University School of Architecture and also founded Cesar Pelli & Associates. He resigned his post as Dean in 1984 but continues to lecture on architecture. In 1995, Pelli was awarded the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Gold Medal. In 2004, he was awarded the Aga Khan Award for Architecture for the Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

BAC’s Louis Sullivan Award was created in 1970 to honor architects whose work exemplifies the continuance of craft in architecture. Past recipients include Stanley Tigerman, FAIA [2000], William Rawn [1995], Hammond/Beeby/Babka [1989], Benjamin Thompson [1985], Robert Venturi [1985], Philip Johnson [1975], and Ulrich Franzen [1970]. Special posthumous awards were made to Louis Kahn and O’Neil Ford.

For more on BAC, visit www.bacweb.org. For more on Cesar Pelli, visit www.cesar-pelli.com