Arata Isozaki of Japam has been selected as the 2019 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate. He becomes the 41st laureate of the Pritzker Prize.
The 87-year-old Isozaki is an architect based in Japan. He studied architecture at the University of Tokyo. His early projects were influenced by European experiences with a style mixed between “New Brutalism” and “Metabolist Architecture.” Despite designing buildings both inside and outside Japan, Isozaki has been described as an architect who refuses to be stuck in one architectural style, highlighting “how each of his designs is a specific solution born out of the project’s context.”
According to the Prize sponsor, “Lauded as a visionary amongst his international contemporaries, Isozaki’s forward-thinking approach, deep commitment to the “art of space,” and transnational methodology have been evidenced since the 1960s. The prolific architect has been credited with facilitating dialogue between East and West, reinterpreting global influences within architecture, and supporting the development of younger generations in the field. His precision and dexterity are demonstrated through his mastery of an intercontinental range of building techniques, interpretation of site and context, and intentionality of details.”
See the full announcement at the Pritzker Website