Pritzker Architecture Prize

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Pritzker Architecture Prize
Awarded forA career of achievement in the art of architecture
Sponsored byHyatt Foundation
First awarded1979; 44 years ago (1979)
Last awarded2021

The Pritzker Architecture Prize is given each year by the Hyatt Foundation. It is for talented and significant architect who has created great projects throughout his or her life.[1] Jay A. Pritzker and his wife Cindy began the award in 1979. The Pritzker family pays for the prize. It is the top prize in architecture, and it is often called the Nobel Prize of architecture.[2][3] The country, race, religion or political ideas of the architect are not important.[4] Winners get US$100,000 and a certificate.[5] Winners receive a medal. The back of the medal has these words in Latinfirmitas, utilitas, venustas (English: durability, utility, and beauty). The idea comes from the Roman architect Vitruvius.[6] Before 1987, a limited edition Henry Moore sculpture came with the prize money.[5]

Selection[change | change source]

Martha Thorne has been the Executive Director since 2009.[7] The director asks many people, including past winners, academics, critics and others involved in architecture to suggest possible winners.[4] Any licensed architect can also apply for the prize before 1 November every year. In 1988 Gordon Bunshaft applied for the award himself and eventually won it.[8] Five to nine jury members meet early the next year before announcing the winner in spring.[4]

Winners[change | change source]

The first winner was Philip Johnson. The award was "for 50 years of imagination and vitality" shown by the many "museums, theaters, libraries, houses, gardens and corporate structures".[9] The 2004 laureate Zaha Hadid was the first female prize winner.[10] Ryūe Nishizawa became the youngest winner in 2010 at age 44.[11] The most recent winner, in 2019, is Arata Isozaki.

List of prize winners[change | change source]

The first winner Philip Johnson behind an architectural model
The inaugural laureate Philip Johnson
Winner in 1983, Ieoh Ming Pei
1984 laureate Richard Meier
Oscar Niemeyer won in 1988
1993 laureate Fumihiko Maki
Winner in 1995, Tadao Ando
1999 winner Norman Foster, giving a speech behind a lecturn
1999 winner Norman Foster
Rem Koolhaas won in 2000
Jean Nouvel won in 2008
Kazuyo Sejima of SANAA won in 2010
Year Laureate Nationality Example work (year completed) Ceremony location Ref(s)
1979 Philip Johnson  United States Glass House 2006.jpg Glass House (1949) Dumbarton Oaks [12]
1980 Luis Barragán  Mexico Torres de Satélite - 4.jpg Torres de Satélite (1957) Dumbarton Oaks [3]
1981 Sir James Stirling  United Kingdom History Faculty University of Cambridge.jpg Seeley Historical Library (1968) National Building Museum [13]
1982 Kevin Roche  Ireland Knights of Columbus headquarters.jpg Knights of Columbus Building (1969) Art Institute of Chicago [2][A]
1983 Ieoh Ming Pei  United States National gallery of art usa2.jpg National Gallery of Art, East Building (1978) Metropolitan Museum of Art [14][15][B]
1984 Richard Meier  United States 10 The High.jpg High Museum of Art (1983) National Gallery of Art [2]
1985 Hans Hollein  Austria Mönchengladbach museum mit skulpturengarten.jpg Abteiberg Museum (1982) The Huntington Library [2]
1986 Gottfried Böhm  West Germany Koeln christi auferstehung boehm.jpg Iglesia Youth Center Library (1968) Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths [2]
1987 Kenzō Tange  Japan St. Mary's Cathedral Tokyo 2012.JPG St. Mary's Cathedral, Tokyo (1964) Kimbell Art Museum [16]
1988 Gordon Bunshaft  United States Yale-beinecke-library.jpg Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library (1963) Art Institute of Chicago [2]
1988 Oscar Niemeyer  Brazil Cathedral Brasilia Niemeyer.JPG Cathedral of Brasília (1958) Art Institute of Chicago [2]
1989 Frank Gehry  Canada
 United States
Image-Disney Concert Hall by Carol Highsmith edit.jpg Walt Disney Concert Hall (1999–2003) Tōdai-ji [15][C]
1990 Aldo Rossi  Italy Bonnefantenmuseum.jpg Bonnefanten Museum (1990) Palazzo Grassi [17]
1991 Robert Venturi  United States National Gallery London Sainsbury Wing 2006-04-17.jpg National Gallery (London), Sainsbury Wing (1991) Palacio de Iturbide [18]
1992 Álvaro Siza Vieira  Portugal Pavilhao Portugal 2.JPG Pavilion of Portugal in Expo'98 (1998) Harold Washington Library [19]
1993 Fumihiko Maki  Japan Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium 2008.jpg Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium (1991) Prague Castle [16]
1994 Christian de Portzamparc  France Französische botschaft in berlin.JPG French Embassy, Berlin (2003) The Commons, Columbus, Indiana [20]
1995 Tadao Ando  Japan Nagaragawa Convention Center 1.JPG Nagaragawa Convention Center (1995) Palace of Versailles [21]
1996 Rafael Moneo  Spain San Sebastian Palacio Kursaal.JPG Kursaal Palace (1999) Getty Center [15]
1997 Sverre Fehn  Norway Isbremuseet.jpg Norwegian Glacier Museum (1991) Guggenheim Museum Bilbao [22]
1998 Renzo Piano  Italy Kansai International Airport (1994) White House [23]
1999 Norman Foster  United Kingdom Mill.bridge.from.tate.modern.arp.jpg Millennium Bridge (London) (2000) Altes Museum [15]
2000 Rem Koolhaas  Netherlands CasadaMusica.jpg Casa da Música (2003) Jerusalem Archaeological Park [24]
2001 Herzog & de Meuron   Switzerland Tate modern london 2001 02.jpg Tate Modern (2000) Monticello [25]
2002 Glenn Murcutt  Australia Berowra Waters Inn.jpg Berowra Waters Inn (1983) Michelangelo's Campidoglio [26]
2003 Jørn Utzon  Denmark Sydney opera house side view.jpg Sydney Opera House (1973) Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando [27]
2004 Zaha Hadid  United Kingdom
Pabellón-Puente Zaragoza.jpg Bridge Pavilion (2008) Hermitage Museum [15][D]
2005 Thom Mayne  United States San Francisco Federal Building.jpg San Francisco Federal Building (2007) Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park [28]
2006 Paulo Mendes da Rocha  Brazil Paulo mendes da rocha - capela de são pedro apóstolo - campos do jordão - são paulo - brasil.jpg Saint Peter Chapel, São Paulo (1987) Dolmabahçe Palace [29]
2007 Richard Rogers  United Kingdom Lloyds Building stair case.jpg Lloyd's building (1986) Banqueting House, Whitehall [30]
2008 Jean Nouvel  France Torre Agbar and Glories.jpg Torre Agbar (2005) Library of Congress [15]
2009 Peter Zumthor   Switzerland Therme Vals wall structure, Vals, Graubünden, Switzerland - 20060811.jpg Therme Vals (1996) Legislative Palace of the City Council, Buenos Aires [15]
2010 Kazuyo Sejima and
Ryue Nishizawa (SANAA)
 Japan Kanazawa21seikibijutsukan.jpg 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (2003) Ellis Island [15]
2011 Eduardo Souto de Moura  Portugal Estadio Braga.JPG Estádio Municipal de Braga, Braga (2004) Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium [31]
2012 Wang Shu  China South Gate of Ningbo Museum.jpg Ningbo Museum (2008) Beijing [32]
2013 Toyo Ito  Japan Sendai Mediatheque 2009.jpg Sendai Mediatheque, Sendai (2001) John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston [33]
2014 Shigeru Ban  Japan Centre Pompidou-Metz - Pose de la première pierre -2.jpg Takatori Catholic Church.JPG Takatori Catholic Church, Kobe (2005) Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam [34]

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