Prince Charles to receive College of Charleston award

Prince Charles has had an eventful summer, with the birth of his first grandchild and a special award this week from the College of Charleston.

The college’s Historic Preservation and Community Planning Program will present the prince with its Albert Simons Medal of Excellence, a recognition of the Prince of Wales’ advocacy for traditional architecture.

The award is an affirmation of the prince’s at-the-time controversial resistance to England’s architectural establishment. His 1984 speech to the Royal Institute of British Architects referred to some new architectural designs as a “monstrous carbuncle” and a “giant glass stump.”

His carbuncle comment helped scuttle architect Richard Rogers’ initial proposal for an addition to the National Gallery of England.

The prince’s work “A Vision of Britain” eventually led to the formation of a charity promoting traditional architectural design and traditional trades, an organization later known as the “Prince of Wales Institute.”

Richard John, a University of Miami architecture professor, and former director of the Prince of Wales’ Institute of Architecture, will accept the award on the prince’s behalf and speak about his impact on architecture, community planning and historic preservation.

The event will take place at 7 p.m. today in the college’s Sottile Theatre, 44 George St. Admission is free, and the public is invited.

The Simons Medal was created to honor 20th century architect Albert Simons, who taught art history at the college. Previous recipients include Charleston Mayor Joe Riley, preservationist John Milner and architects Andres Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, and Allan Greenberg.

Reach Robert Behre at 937-5771.

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