« The Union Internationale des Architectes (UIA) jury has awarded the 2008 Gold medal to the Mexican architect Teodoro Gonzalez de Leon, who will receive the medal at a ceremony in Turin, on July 2, 2008 at the 23rd UIA Congress.
Through this medal, the UIA honours and highlights a lifetime of work devoted to the realization of an architecture that reflects an era, its social reality, its culture and its traditions. The work of Teodoro Gonzalez de Leon is part of the architecture of the Modern movement, with a vocabulary that is constantly renewed, enriched and reinterpreted. His architecture is monumental, and the intelligent use of materials, light and texture imbue his buildings with a certain presence, in and out of urban contexts.
The jury for the 2008 Gold Medal met in Bratislava, on April 16-17, 2008. Under the presidency of Gaëtan Siew, UIA President, the jury was comprised of: Jordi Farrando, UIA Secretary General (Spain); Donald J. Hackl, UIA Treasurer (USA); Louise Cox, 1st UIA Vice-President (Australia); Martin Drahovsky, 2nd Vice-Président (Slovakia); Giancarlo Ius (Italy); Mauricio Rivero Borrell (Mexico); Seif Alnaga, UIA Vice-President (Egypt); and Wolf Tochtermann, Director of the UIA International Competitions Commission (Germany). »