Renzo Piano, Hon. FAIA, is named the 2008 AIA Gold Medal Recipient… Philadelphia-based KieranTimberlake Associates receives the 2008 AIA Architecture Firm Award…The Board of the AIA and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) names architect and educator Stanley Tigerman, FAIA, as 2008 recipient of the Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education…

The Rockefeller Foundation announced the first award recipients of the Foundation’s $2.6 million NYC Cultural Innovation Fund including The Architectural League of New York, to launch Urban Omnibus: a Broadband Channel for Architecture, Infrastructure and Environment in New York City; The Bronx Museum of the Arts, for Phase II Capital Master Plan and Design; The Civilians, for Development and Brooklyn Neighborhoods; and Friends of the High Line with Creative Time and the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, to create a new, large-scale public art commissioning program for the High Line’s Chelsea Market Tunnel…

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards has awarded an NCARB Grant for the Integration of Practice and Education in the Academy to Pratt Institute

New York magazine’s “The Year in Architecture” recognized, in the category of Best New Building, the New Museum, by SANAA; Best New Affordable Housing, Via Verde, Dattner Architects and Grimshaw; Best French Architectural Invasion, Jean Nouvel, Hon, FAIA; Most Hopeful Vision, Governors Island and the Battery Maritime Building (originally designed by Walker and Morris); Most Alluring Bad-Weather Beacon, IAC Headquarters, Gehry Partners; Best New Prewar, 15 Central Park West, Robert A.M. Stern Architects; Best Monument to Modernism, Glass House, Philip Johnson; Best Critical Reappraisal, Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs; Best New Interior, Tiffany & Co. at 37 Wall Street, Yabu Pushelberg; Best Street Furniture, New Bus Shelters by Cemusa, designed by Grimshaw; Debut, 40 Bond, Herzog & de Meuron; and Stinker, The Deutsche Bank Building

Robert A.M. Stern, FAIA, will serve a third five-year term as dean of Yale School of Architecture…The chief “architect” of the city’s economic development agenda, Deputy Mayor Daniel Doctoroff, is leaving the Bloomberg administration at the end of this month to become president of Bloomberg L.P., the financial news, data, and analytics provider founded by the mayor…