On June 18, the national board of directors of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) voted to allow the national AIA Gold Medal to be awarded to two individuals. The amendment was voted on at a meeting at the national AIA convention in Denver. The updated rule goes into effect on January 1, 2014.
The New York chapter of the AIA spearheaded the initiative to overturn the rules governing the awarding of the Gold Medal. Prior to yesterday's vote, the medal could only go to an individual—though if you read the fine print, that individual does not have to be an architect or an American. (He or she could even be dead.)