The Gold Medal is the Institution’s highest individual honour. The 2023 award has been presented to Albert Williamson-Taylor, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to structural engineering and to society. To celebrate this achievement, Albert delivered his Gold Medal address at the Institution’s Headquarters in London and online.
Having been raised in the UK, Nigeria and Sierra Leone, Albert built his career in London, initially working for Price & Myers and for Anthony Hunt Associates, before ultimately co-founding Adams Kara Taylor – now AKT II – in the mid-1990s. Albert has since overseen AKT II’s work and, under his technical leadership, the practice has been recognised with 400+ design awards, including four RIBA Stirling Prize wins.
Albert has remianed integral in AKT II’s outreach with inner-city schools and colleges, alongside the firm’s volunteer STEM Ambassadors, and has striven to encourage young people from all backgrounds into engineering and design.
Watch Albert's address, delivered live at the Institution of Structural Engineers, encompassing a thorough reflection on his careeer to date and on the future of engineering.
Gold Medal Address Albert Williamson-Taylor