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Winners of the Pritzker Architecture Prize

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Each year the Pritzker Architecture Prize is awarded to an architect who has made important accomplishments. While the selections of the Pritzker Prize jury are sometimes controversial, there is no doubt that Pritzker Prize Laureates are among the most influential architects of modern times. These pages list all the Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureates, starting with the most recent and continuing back 1979 when the Prize was first established. 

2014: Shigeru Ban, Japan

Shigeru Ban-designed Paper Log House, 2001, Bhuj, India
Shigeru Ban-designed Paper Log House, 2001, Bhuj, India. Photo by Kartikeya Shodhan, Shigeru Ban Architects courtesy Pritzkerprize.com

"Shigeru Ban is a tireless architect whose work exudes optimism. Where others may see insurmountable challenges, Ban sees a call to action. Where others might take a tested path, he sees the opportunity to innovate. He is a committed teacher who is not only a role model for younger generations, but also an inspiration."—Pritzker Jury Citation

 

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2013: Toyo Ito, Japan

Photo of Sendai Mediatheque, looking into glass to each floor space.
Toyo Ito's Sendai Mediatheque courtesy Nacasa and Partners Inc., pritzkerprize.com

"For nearly 40 years, Toyo Ito has pursued excellence. His work has not remained static and has never been predictable. He has been an inspiration and influenced the thinking of younger generations of architects both within his land and abroad."—Glenn Murcutt, 2002 Pritzker Laureate and 2013 Pritzker Jury Member.

2012: Wang Shu, The People's Republic of China

Ningbo History Museum, 2003-2008, Ningbo, China, by 2012 Pritzker winner Wang Shu
Ningbo History Museum ©Hengzhong/Amateur Architecture Studio courtesy pritzkerprize.com

Dr. Shu's interest in craftsmanship and historic restoration may well influence the urbanization of China. "In awarding the Pritzker Prize to Wang Shu, a young Chinese architect, the jury has sought both to reward past work that meets the Prize's high standards and to send a message of optimism, recognizing and encouraging the promise of similar work in the future."—U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, Pritzker Jury Member.

2011: Eduardo Souto de Moura, Portugal

Paula Rêgo Museum in Cascais, Portugal by Eduardo Souto de Moura
Pritzker Prize Media Photo © Luis Ferreira Alves

Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura is the Pritzker Prize Pick for 2011.  "His buildings have a unique ability to convey seemingly conflicting characteristics -- power and modesty, bravado and subtlety, bold public authority and a sense of intimacy -- at the same time," says Pritzker Prize jury chairman, Lord Palumbo.

2010: Kazuyo Sejima, Japan

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Japan. Sejima + Nishizawa. SANAA, architects.
21st Century Museum, Kanazawa, Japan. © Junko Kimura/Getty Images

Prize shared with Ryue Nishizawa, Japan

Kazuyo Sejima's firm, Sejima and Nishizawa and Associates (SANAA), is praised for designing powerful, minimalist buildings using common, everyday materials.

2010: Ryue Nishizawa, Japan

Christian Dior Building, Tokyo. ©Hisao Suzuki, Courtesy of SANAA
Christian Dior Building, Tokyo. ©Hisao Suzuki, Courtesy of SANAA

Prize shared with Kazuyo Sejima, Japan

Japanese architect Ryue Nishizawa is best known for simple, minimalist buildings designed in collaboration with architect Kazuyo Sejima.

2009: Peter Zumthor, Switzerland

Luzi House, Switzerland. © Walter Mair, courtesy Peter Zumthor
Luzi House, Switzerland. © Walter Mair, courtesy Peter Zumthor
The son of a cabinet maker, Swiss architect Peter Zumthor is often praised for the detailed craftsmanship of his designs.

2008: Jean Nouvel, France

Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis.  © Roland Halbe, courtesy Ateliers Jean Nouvel
Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis. © Roland Halbe, courtesy Ateliers Jean Nouvel
Taking cues from the environment, flamboyant French architect Jean Nouvel places an emphasis on light and shadow.

2007: Lord Richard Rogers, United Kingdom

Lloyd's of London. © Richard Bryant/Arcaid, Courtesy Richard Rogers Partnership
Lloyd's of London. © Richard Bryant/Arcaid, Courtesy Richard Rogers Partnership

British architect Richard Rogers is known for "transparent" high tech designs and a fascination for buildings as machines.

2006: Paulo Mendes da Rocha, Brazil

Cava Estate, Brazil. © Nelson Kon
Cava Estate, Brazil. © Nelson Kon
Brazilian architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha is known for bold simplicity and an innovative use of concrete and steel.
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