The Board of Directors of The American Institute of Architects (AIA) voted today to posthumously award the 2007 AIA Gold Medal to Edward Larrabee Barnes, FAIA, who is best remembered for fusing Modernism with vernacular architecture and understated design. Barnes was noted for crisp, geometric buildings in both rural and urban landscapes. The AIA Gold Medal, voted on annually, is considered to be the profession’s highest honor that an architect can receive. The Gold Medal honors an individual whose significant body of work has had a lasting influence on the theory and practice of architecture. Barnes will be commemorated at the American Architectural Foundation Accent on Architecture Gala on February 9, 2007, at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC.