In pictures: Thirty years of Lacaton & Vassal

53 Units, Low-Rise Apartments, Social Housing 3_Photo courtesy of Philippe Ruault

Source: Philippe Ruault

Gallery: Half a dozen of the Pritzker Prize-winners’ best projects

Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal, co-founders of French practice Lacaton & Vassal, have been named the winners of the 2021 Pritzker Architecture Prize.

Here we present some of the work spanning the decades, along with a short biography.

Anne Lacaton (1955, Saint-Pardoux, France) and Jean-Philippe Vassal (1954, Casablanca, Morocco) met in the late 1970s during their formal architecture training at École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture et de Paysage de Bordeaux. Lacaton went on to pursue a Masters in Urban Planning from Bordeaux Montaigne University (1984), while Vassal relocated to Niger, West Africa to practice urban planning. Lacaton often visited Vassal, and it was there that the genesis of their architectural doctrine began, as they were profoundly influenced by the beauty and humility of sparing resources within the country’s desert landscapes.

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