March 21, 2012

And the 2012 Pritzker goes to…

This week it was announced that Chinese architect Wang Shu was awarded the 2012 Pritzker Architecture Prize. It’s been called the Nobel Prize of Architecture, and Wang Shu joins the likes of Frank Gehry, Tadao Ando, and Renzo Piano. He’s the first Chinese architect to be awarded the honor. Wang Shu is recognized for the work he has done in China including museums and libraries, all with respect and attention to the environment. His buildings have a strong design presence. The composition of his work is modern and deliberate, and incredibly varied in response to the site and building type.

“Wang, who founded his Amateur Architecture Studio firm with his wife, Lu Wenyu, in 1997, has served as the head of the architecture department of the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou since 2000. He is also a frequent visiting lecturer at universities around the world, including Harvard University, University of Texas and University of Pennsylvania.”

The formal Pritzker ceremony will be held May 25 in Beijing. Wang will receive a $100,000 grant and a bronze medallion.

Images and excerpts sourced at the Huffington Post.

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