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A W A R D S
Kenneth Treister, FAIA
The architect in his studio.
The Gold Medal is the highest honor awarded by AIA
Florida to one of its members. It recognizes an architect
whose distinguished career has had a profound impact
on the profession for an extended period of time.
For over 50 years, Ken Treister has distinguished himself
in multiple areas. First and foremost, he is an awardwinning architect whose design work and philosophy
represent what the jury described as "a happy collision
of Gaudi, Wright and even, Soleri." His passion for
beautiful buildings and his dedication to the art forms that
contribute to the overall aesthetics of architecture has had
an extraordinary impact on Florida's design history.
Ken Treister's career has produced a body of work that
demands he be labeled an artist. His mastery of architecture,
sculpture, painting, photography and writing makes him a
true Renaissance man. Through the years, he has practiced
architecture and served as an adjunct professor at the
University of Miami and the University of Florida. He has
distinguished himself as a member of the University of Miami
Society of University Founders, as a Fellow of the American
Institute of Architects, as an Academic Correspondent to Real
Academia de Belles Arts de Saint Jorge in Barcelona, Spain
and as a member of the Society of Architectural Historians.
Ken Treister's commitment to the profession has been
expressed through his building designs, his prolific
writing and countless lectures, through community
activism and through the marriage of sculpture and
art in an architectural context. Among his many
published works are Maya Architecture: Temples in the
Sky and Bok Tower Gardens, America's Taj Mahal.
The 2013 jury judged Ken Treister a perfect example
of everything that the Gold Medal represents - a passion
for architecture and dedication to the profession.
Above and below: The Sophie and Nathan Gumenick Chapel, Temple Israel
of Greater Miami, 1969.
Photo by Ken Treister.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Florida/Caribbean Architect - Fall 2013
President’s Perspective / Dan Kirby, AIA, AICP, LEED AP
Editorial / Diane D. Greer
Awards for Excellence in Architecture
Test of Time Awards
Committee on Technology and the Environment (COTE) Award
COTE Sustainable Design Award
Florida/Caribbean Architect - Fall 2013