Arata Isozaki officially received the 2019 Pritzker Architecture Prize, in a ceremony at the Chateau de Versailles in France. Isozaki, who has been practicing architecture since the 1960s, has long been considered an architecture visionary for his transnational and fearless futurist approach to design. With over 100 works built to his name, Isozaki is also incredibly prolific and influential among his contemporaries. Isozaki is the 49th architect and the eighth Japanese architect to receive the honor.
The ceremony is held annually at an architecturally significant site around the world, with the choice of the ceremony location reinforcing the importance of the built environment through a unique setting. Built in 1624 by Louis XIII, Versailles has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979.
Video of the award ceremony
The ceremony was attended by Pritzker Executive Director Martha Thorne, Jury President Stephen Breyer, Hyatt Foundation President Tom Pritzker and 2019 Graduate Arata Isozaki.
The winner received $ 100,000 and a bronze medallion, based on designs by Chicago architect Louis Sullivan. On the one hand there is the name of the prize, while on the reverse, three words are inscribed, "firmness, merchandise and pleasure", recalling the fundamental principles of Vitruvius' Roman architecture of "firmitas, utilitas, venustas".
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