Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medals

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The University of Virginia and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello will present their highest honors, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medals in architecture, law and citizen leadership, during the university's Founder's Day activities.

The awards are presented jointly by U.Va., which he founded in Charlottesville in 1819, and by the Foundation, the independent, nonprofit organization that owns and operates his home, Monticello.

This year's recipients:  

Toyo Ito, a Tokyo-based architect who combines conceptual innovation with superbly executed buildings, as in his masterpiece, the Sendai Mediatheque, which reimagines what a public museum and library should be in the digital age.

Kenneth R. Feinberg, an attorney who has administered the compensation funds for victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech and the Boston Marathon bombings.

James H. Webb, Jr., a former U.S. Senator (D-Va.) and Secretary of the Navy, decorated Vietnam veteran and successful author, journalist and filmmaker.


The Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medals are the highest external honors bestowed by the University, which grants no honorary degrees. They recognize achievements of those who embrace endeavors in which Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence and third U.S. president, excelled and held in high regard.

2014 Founders Day Events

The Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy will host a public talk by James H. Webb, Jr., on April 10 at 12:30 p.m. in Garrett Hall.

Jefferson’s Birthday Celebration at Monticello: James H. Webb, Jr., will also be the featured speaker at Monticello's commemoration of Jefferson's 271st birthday, on April 11 at 10 a.m. on the West Lawn of Monticello. The celebration is free and open to the public.

The School of Law will host a public talk by Kenneth R. Feinberg on April 11 at 10 a.m. in Caplin Pavilion.

The School of Architecture will host a public talk by Toyo Ito on April 11 at 3:30 p.m. in Old Cabell Hall Auditorium.


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