As the 46th Pritzker Prize winner is announced, we explain why the award is considered architecture’s highest honor.
By Sara Aridi
The winner of the 46th Pritzker Architecture Prize was announced on Tuesday: Arata Isozaki, an architect, urban designer and theorist. So what is this award? And why is it so important?
This annual international award recognizes a living architect or architects whose work “has produced consistent and significant contributions to humanity through the art of architecture.” The prominent Pritzker family of Chicago established the award through the Hyatt Foundation in 1979, when the American architect Philip Johnson became the first winner, for a body of work that includes the Glass House in New Canaan, Conn. The prize consists of $100,000 and a bronze medallion.
Many in the field see the Pritzker not only as a validation of an individual’s work but also as a validation of the profession.
“People rarely think about architecture as an art or architecture as creative expression,” said Deborah Berke, the dean of the Yale School of Architecture.
With its scope, the prize implies that innovation and quality work are “not coming out of one place,” said Thom Mayne, who won in 2005. Mr. Mayne, founder of the Los Angeles-based firm Morphosis, said the diversity of the laureates emphasized that the field was not just about formal design. “It connects the quality of architecture to broader social, political, cultural attributes,” he added.
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