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.
"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
"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.
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.
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.
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.
Prize shared with Kazuyo Sejima, Japan
Japanese architect Ryue Nishizawa is best known for simple, minimalist buildings designed in collaboration with architect Kazuyo Sejima.
British architect Richard Rogers is known for "transparent" high tech designs and a fascination for buildings as machines.