The “Pritzker Prize” is awarded every year “to honor a living architect or architects whose built work demonstrates a combination of those qualities of talent, vision, and commitment, which has produced consistent and significant contributions to humanity and the built environment through the art of architecture” (WikiPedia).
Founded by Jay A. Pritzker and his wife Cindy in the year 1979, Pritzker Award is an initiative funded by the Pritzker family and sponsored by the Hyatt Foundation. This award is one of the world’s premier prizes in architecture and often referred to as the Nobel Prize of architecture. This prize has been awarded for 41 years without any disruption. There are nearly 18 countries with at least one winner. B.V Doshi bagged this prize for India in 2018. Let’s see who these fantabulous architects are who took home this Nobel accolade.
Pritzker Prize Winners – From 1979 To 2019
1. Philip Johnson, United States – 1979
An American architect, best known for his works of Modern architecture, including the Glass House in Connecticut. In 1978, he bagged an American Institute of Architects Gold Medal and the first Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1979.
2. Luis Barragán, Mexico – 1980
A Mexican architect and engineer
3. James Stirling, UK – 1981
Born in Glasgow, James Stirling was awarded the Pritzker Prize in 1981. Stirling also received a series of important commissions in England for his exemplary work.
4. Kevin Roche, United States – 1982
An Irish-born American Pritzker Prize-winning architect who has been responsible for the designing and planning for over 200 built projects in both the U.S. and abroad. Among other awards, Kevin Roche received the Gold Medal Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1990, and the AIA Gold Medal in 1993.
Ieoh Ming Pei
5. Ieoh Ming Pei, United States – 1983
A Chinese American architect born in Guangzhou and raised in Hong Kong and Shanghai. Pei has won several awards in the field of architecture, the AIA Gold Medal in 1979, the first Praemium Imperiale for Architecture in 1989, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in 2003 and the Pritzker Prize in 1983.
6. Richard Meier, United States – 1984
An American abstract artist and architect who is quite popular for his interesting geometric designs and prominent use of color white. Meier has designed several iconic building structures like Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, the Getty Center in Los Angeles, and San Jose City Hall.
7. Hans Hollein, Austria – 1985
An Austrian architect and designer and key character of postmodern architecture. The Haas House and the Albertina extension in the inner city of Vienna are some of his notable works. In 1985 he was awarded the Pritzker Prize.
8. Gottfried Böhm, Germany – 1986
Born into a family of architects in Offenbach in Hessen, Böhm built several buildings around Germany, including churches, museums, civic
9. Kenzō Tange, Japan – 1987
A Japanese architect, and the star of 1987’s Pritzker architecture prize. Tange was one of the most noteworthy architects of the 20th century, he combined the traditional Japanese styles with modernism, and created major buildings on 5 continents.
10. Shared Price – Gordon Bunshaft (US) & Oscar Niemeyer (Brazil) – 1988
Oscar Ribeiro de Almeida Niemeyer Soares Filho known as Oscar Niemeyer was a Brazilian architect considered to be one of the key figures in the development of modern architecture. And Gordon Bunshaft, FAIA was an American architect, he was a leading proponent of modern design in the mid-twentieth century.
11. Frank Gehry, Canada & America – 1989
A Canada-born American architect, residing in Los Angeles. His private residence in Santa Monica, California jump-started his career.
12. Aldo Rossi, Italy – 1990
An Italian architect and designer who achieved global recognition in 4 distinct areas: architectural theory, drawing and design, and product design. He was the first Italian to bag the Pritzker Prize.
13. Robert Venturi, United States – 1991
Another on the list from America is Robert Venturi the founding principal of the firm Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates, and one of the key architectural figures of the 20th century. Despite
Álvaro Siza Vieira
14. Álvaro Siza Vieira, Portugal – 1992
A Portuguese architect, and an architectural educator. In 1992, he was awarded
15. Fumihiko Maki, Japan – 1993
Fumihiko Maki is a Japanese architect who teaches at the Keio University SFC. He won the Pritzker Prize for his work, which every so often explores revolutionary uses of new materials and fuses different cultures.
Christian de Portzamparc
16. Christian de Portzamparc, France – 1994
A French architect and urbanist who has been noted for his bold designs and artistic touch. His works reflect a sensibility to their environment and to urbanism which is the founding principle.
17. Tadao Ando, Japan – 1995
A self-taught Japanese architect whose approach to architecture and landscape was labeled as “critical regionalism” by architectural historian Francesco Dal Co. He is the star of the 1995 Pritzker Prize.
18. Rafael Moneo, Spain – 1996
A Spanish architect who in 1996 won the Pritzker Prize for architecture and the RIBA Royal Gold Medal in 2003.
19. Sverre Fehn, Norway – 1997
A Norwegian architect who’s highest international
20. Renzo Piano, Italy – 1998
An Italian architect
21. Norman Foster, United Kingdom – 1999
A British architect whose company, Foster + Partners, holds an international design practice popular for high-tech architecture. Foster is one of Britain’s most creative architects of his generation.
22. Rem Koolhaas, Netherlands – 2000
A Dutch architect, architectural theorist, urbanist and Professor in Practice of Architecture and Urban Design at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. Koolhaas is widely regarded as one of the most important architectural thinkers and urbanists of his generation, in 2000, he won the Pritzker Prize. Furthermore, he was in the top 100 of The World’s Most Influential People by Time.
Jacques Herzog & Pierre de Meuron
23. Jacques Herzog & Pierre de Meuron, Switzerland – 2001
Herzog & de Meuron was founded in Basel in 1978, it is a Swiss architecture firm with its head office in Basel, Switzerland. In 2001, Herzog & de Meuron were awarded the Pritzker Prize.
24. Glenn Murcutt, Australia – 2002
An Australian architect and winner of the 1992 Alvar Aalto Medal, the 2002 Pritzker Architecture Prize and the 2009 American Institute of Architects Gold Medal. As the only Australian winner of the prestigious Pritzker Prize, Murcutt is often stated as Australia’s most famous architect.
25. Jørn Utzon, Denmark – 2003
A Danish architect, most notable for designing the Sydney Opera House in Australia. His other noteworthy works include Bagsværd Church near Copenhagen and the National Assembly Building in Kuwait.
26. Zaha Hadid, Iraq & United Kingdom – 2004
The first woman to bag the Pritzker Architecture Prize, in 2004. In addition to this she also UK’s most prestigious architectural award, the Stirling Prize, in 2010 and 2011.
27. Thom Mayne, United States – 2005
An American architect based in Los Angeles. In the year 1972, Mayne helped coin the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), where he is a trustee. Mayne received the Pritzker Architecture Prize in March 2005.
Paulo Mendes da Rocha
28. Paulo Mendes da Rocha, Brazil – 2006
A Brazilian architect who has been producing buildings since 1957. He was honored with the Mies van der Rohe Prize (2000), the Pritzker Prize (2006) and the Venice Biennale Golden Lion for lifetime achievement.
29. Richard Rogers, United Kingdom – 2007
A British-Italian architect noted for his modernist and functionalist designs in high-tech architecture. He is best known for Lloyd’s building of London. He is a winner of the RIBA Gold Medal, the Thomas Jefferson Medal, the RIBA Stirling Prize, the Minerva Medal, and Pritzker Prize.
30. Jean Nouvel, France – 2008
A French architect who achieved several prestigious distinctions over the course of his career. Nouvel was awarded the Pritzker Prize, architecture’s highest
31. Peter Zumthor, Switzerland – 2009
A Swiss architect whose work is commonly described as obdurate and minimalist. Even Though he manages a relatively small firm, he is the winner of the 2009 Pritzker Prize and 2013 RIBA Royal Gold Medal.
Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa
32. Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa (SANAA), Japan – 2010
SANAA (Sejima and Nishizawa and Associates) is a multiple award-winning architectural
Eduardo Souto de Moura
33. Eduardo Souto de Moura, Portugal – 2011
A Portuguese architect who was the receiver of the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2011 and the Wolf Prize in Arts in 2013. Along with Fernando Távora and Álvaro Siza, he is one of the alumni of the Porto School of Architecture.
34. Wang Shu, China – 2012
A Chinese architect based in Hangzhou. In 2012, Wang became the first Chinese citizen to win the Pritzker Prize.
35. Toyo Ito, Japan – 2013
A Japanese architect
36. Shigeru Ban, Japan – 2014
A Japanese architect, best-known for his innovative work with paper, especially recycled cardboard tubes used to rapidly and efficiently house disaster victims. In 2014, Ban was named the 36th recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize.
37. Frei Otto, Germany – 2015
A German architect and structural engineer remarked for his use of lightweight structures, in tensile and membrane structures. In 2006, Otto won the RIBA Royal Gold Medal and shortly before his death, he was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2015.
38. Alejandro Aravena, Chile – 2016
A Chilean architect from Santiago who grabbed the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2016.
Ramón Vilalta + Carme Pigem + Rafael Aranda
39. Ramón Vilalta + Carme Pigem + Rafael Aranda, Spain – 2017
Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramón Vilalta are the principles and co-founders of RCR Arquitectes a Catalan architecture firm. This trio was the 2017 recipients of the Pritzker Prize for Architecture.
B. V. Doshi
40. B. V. Doshi, India – 2018
Balkrishna Doshi, the 90-year-old Indian architect was been named the winner of the 2018 Pritzker prize. Doshi is one of India’s most influential architects of the 20th century, and the first ever Indian to receive it.
And The Pritzker Prize For Architecture 2019 Goes To – Japan’s Arata Isozaki
Pritzker Prize For Architecture 2019
Arata Isozaki is recognized for his innovation and versatility as well as the international influence of his work. 87-year-old Isozaki is recognised as Japan’s most influential postwar architect. Also, he has been described by the Pritzker Prize jury as “a versatile, influential, and truly international architect”.
Isozaki has received numerous awards over the course of his career, most notably the Architectural Institute of Japan’s Annual Prize in 1974, the RIBA Gold Medal in 1986, the American Institute of Architects’ Honor Award in 1992.
Curated by editor at Wienerberger India