In the world of architecture, being awarded the Pritzker Prize is a little like receiving an Oscar or César or Nobel Prize… It’s a really really big deal. Huge. Everyone would be totally cool with joy if you cried with happiness if you won.
The Pritzker Architecture Prize was established “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.” And laureates include Renzo Piano, Luis Barragan, Zaha Hadid, and Tadao Ando (just to name a few!)…
The winner for 2016 was names yesterday: Alejandro Aravena, a Chilean architect who the jury recognized as having “risen to the demands of practicing architecture as an artful endeavor, as well as meeting today’s social and economic challenges.”
I think that’s pretty incredible — to maintain the art of design but to continue to be thoughtful in how one’s work can contribute to a better society. That’s why I love Aravena’s approach so much, at the forefront of all he does is his belief that the city should be viewed as a place of equity.
Ok, so I’m a fan!
(Of his designs and his ethos)(And I can’t say that about every single Pritker Prize winner)
But what do you think? Who’s your favorite Pritzker winner? I think mine might still be Barragan…