Mills College Architect is First Woman to Win 2014 Architectural Gold Medal
Oakland, CA–December 17, 2013 Julia Morgan, renowned architect of several buildings on the Mills College campus, was posthumously awarded the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Gold Medal for 2014. She joins the ranks of such architectural visionaries as Thomas Jefferson (1893), Frank Lloyd Wright (1949), Louis Sullivan (1944), Le Corbusier (1961), Louis Kahn (1971), I.M. Pei (1979), Santiago Calatrava (2005), Renzo Piano (2008), Steven Holl (2012), and Thom Mayne (2013).
One of California's most respected architects, Morgan is nationally recognized for her work at Hearst Castle and many projects for women's organizations, completing over 700 projects during a long career. She worked on the Mills campus from 1904 to 1925 and her designs include Carnegie Hall (Margaret Carnegie Library), the Student Union, Alderwood Hall (Ming Quong School for Girls), Kapiolani Cottage, Gymnasium (removed), and El Campanil.
El Campanil is a 72-foot Spanish-style clock tower and the first of six projects constructed at Mills. It is also among the first reinforced concrete structures on the West Coast and notable for surviving the 1906 earthquake.