Prof. Dr. Yasmeen Lari has received RIBA Gold Medal for 2023 at RIBA Headquarters, 16 Portland Place, London, UK
Prof. Dr. Yasmeen Lari received the 2023 RIBA Royal Gold Medal, given in recognition of a lifetime’s work, the Royal Gold Medal is approved personally by the Monarch and is given to a person or group of people who have had a significant influence either directly or indirectly on the advancement of architecture.
On hearing the news that she had received the Royal Gold Medal, Yasmeen said: “I was so surprised to hear this news and of course totally delighted! I never imagined that as I focus on my country’s most marginalised people — venturing down uncharted vagabond pathways -- I could still be considered for the highest of honours in the architectural profession.”
“RIBA and the Award Committee have heralded a new direction for the profession, encouraging all architects to focus not only on the privileged but also humanity at large that suffers from disparities, conflicts and climate change. There are innumerable opportunities to implement principles of circular economy, de-growth, transition design, eco urbanism, and what we call Barefoot Social Architecture (BASA) to achieve climate resilience, sustainability and eco justice in the world.”