Moshe Safdie Wins Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award

Moshe Safdie, Founder of Safdie Architects, will receive the Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award, given by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), for his achievements in the building industry.

Moshe Safdie. Photo by Norma Gòmez via Flickr Commons.

The Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an individual who has made contributions to the advancement of tall buildings and the urban environment during his or her professional career, enhancing cities and the lives of their inhabitants.

The individual’s contributions may be well-known or little-known by the public, and may take the form of completed buildings, research, technology, methods, ideas, or industry leadership.

As an architect, urban planner, educator, theorist, and author with over 50-years of experience, Moshe Safdie has explored the essential principles of socially responsible design with a distinct visual language.

Moshe Safdie’s Marina Bay Sands in Singapore includes a sky-high rooftop garden and pool. Photo by Frank Pinckers

A citizen of Israel, Canada and the United States, Safdie graduated from McGill University. After apprenticing with Louis I. Kahn in Philadelphia, Safdie returned to Montréal to work with a team led by Sandy van Ginkel in developing a master plan for the 1967 World Exhibition (their plan was ultimately unrealized). In 1964, he established his own firm to undertake Habitat ’67, an adaptation of his undergraduate thesis and a turning point in modern architecture.

The architect’s global practice includes projects in North and South America, the Middle East, the developing world and throughout Asia and Australia. His projects span a wide range of typologies, including airports, museums, performing arts, libraries, housing, mixed-use and entire cities.

Safdie will accept this award at the CTBUH 2020 Tall + Urban Innovation Conference this April in Chicago.