Awards: 94-Year-Old Architect Receives Medal Denied Him in 1944

Tuesday, January 27, 2015, by Rachel B. Doyle
Screen Shot 2015-01-27 at 2.33.39 PM.pngPhoto by David Cheskin via the University of Edinburgh

6ty years ago, the Berlin-born architect Antony Wolffe was awarded a medal for his civic designs for Edinburgh, Scotland. But sadly, the honor was taken away from him several weeks later, since giving an award to a German national was seen as far too politically risky during the Second World War. Wolffe, who has lived in Scotland since 1937, and became a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 1994, was presented with his long overdue award at a ceremony in Edinburgh yesterday. Upon finally receiving the City of Edinburgh’;s Medal for Civic Design, the nonagenarian architect told the BBC: “I am chuffed. I never thought this would happen.”

While attending the Edinburgh College of Art, Wolffe’;s studies were interrupted when he was labeled an “enemy alien” and sent to 2 different internment camps. After graduation, he founded the practice of A. Curtiss Wolffe & Partner, which was responsible for designing many buildings in Scotland from the late 1940s through the 1980s.

The Edinburgh College of Art is currently holding an exhibition of Wolffe’;s student work. For his part, the architect seems delighted with the attention. “It is wonderful and extraordinary,” he told the BBC. “I’;ve lived longer than I ever thought I truly would, so to see this exhibition of my work and to finally receive this medal, it is quite exciting.”

Screen Shot 2015-01-27 at 2.31.27 PM.pngImage courtesy of the University of Edinburgh

· German-born architect receives medal denied him during WW2 [BBC News]
· All Awards posts [Curbed National]

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