Arata Isozaki wins 2019 Pritzker Prize

Arata Isozaki

Architect praised as ’visionary among his international contemporaries’

Japanese architect Arata Isozaki has been awarded 2019’s Pritzker Architecture Prize in recognition of his visionary reputation in building design, city planning and theory.

Isozaki, who is 87, is a native of Ōita in western Japan halfway between the cities of Nagasaki and Hiroshima and he witnessed first-hand the destruction left by the atomic bombs dropped on both in 1945. His global work since the 1960s has been lauded for a forward-thinking approach, and a deep commitment to the “art of space”.

The Pritzker Prize jury citation supporting Isozaki’s award credits him with “possessing a profound knowledge of architectural history and theory, and embracing the avant-garde.”

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