The medal is awarded by the Royal Institute of British Architects and personally approved by the Queen. It is given in recognition of a lifetime’s work.
Chinese-born American architect Pei, 92, has completed more than 170 projects and more than 50 masterplans. As well as his work expanding the Louvre, he also designed the East Wing of the National Gallery in Washington DC, and the Bank of China in Hong Kong.
Previous winners of the award include Norman Foster, Richard Rogers and Rem Koolhaas.
Pei says, ‘It is a great honour to receive the Royal Gold Medal from the RIBA. I am humbled indeed to read the names of those who have preceded me as recipients.’
Pei will receive the award at a ceremony next February at the RIBA in London.
In addition the RIBA has awarded 12 honorary fellowships. Recipients include Peter Bishop, director of Design for London, and Rolf Fehlbaum, chaiman of Vitra.