Pritzker Architecture Prize

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The Pritzker Architecture Prize is the architecture's highest honor. The prize takes its name from the Pritzker family. Laureates of the Pritzker Architecture Prize receive a $100,000 grant, a formal citation certificate, and since 1987, a bronze medallion. [1]

Jay A. Pritzker, (1922-1999), founded the prize with his wife, Cindy. His eldest son, Thomas J. Pritzker, the current president of The Hyatt Foundation, explains, “As native Chicagoans, it’s not surprising that our family was keenly aware of architecture, living in the birthplace of the skyscraper, a city filled with buildings designed by architectural legends such as Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe, and many others.” Ibidem

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The Medal is based on designs of Louis Sullivan. On one side is the name of the prize; on the reverse, “firmness, commodity and delight,” recalling Roman architect Vitruvius' fundamental principles of architecture of firmitas, utilitas, venustas.

Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureates

Reconversión British Museum by Norman Foster.
O-Museum, Japan by Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa.
Louvre's pyramid by I. M. Pei.

See also

Sendai Mediatheque by Toyo Ito, Japan.


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