The University of Virginia and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello present their highest honors, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medals in Architecture, Law, and Citizen Leadership annually during their joint Founder's Day activities.
The awards are presented jointly by UVA, which Thomas Jefferson founded in Charlottesville in 1819, and by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, the independent, nonprofit organization that owns and operates his home, Monticello.
Due to ongoing efforts to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus and limitations on events and travel, this year’s in-person events have been cancelled and the medals will be given in absentia.
The 2021 of the Architecture Medal is:
Burkinabé architect Francis Kéré is the founder of the Berlin-based firm Kéré Architecture celebrated for his pioneering communal approach to design and his commitment to sustainable materials and modes of construction.
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.