Arata Isozaki's Nara Centennial Hall - Photo courtesy of Hisao Suzuki.
Arata Isozaki: Nara Centennial Hall – Photo courtesy of Hisao Suzuki.

Pinterest: Arata Isozaki wins 2019 Pritzker Architecture Prize. The Japanese architect is the 46th recipient of the illustrious award, the Nobel of architecture, and the eighth Japanese architect to have received the honour.

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2019 Pritzker Prize - Arata Isozaki's Art Tower Mito - Photo: courtesy of Yasuhiro Ishimoto.
Art Tower Mito – Photo: courtesy of Yasuhiro Ishimoto.

Isozaki is one of the first Japanese architects to build outside of Japan during a time when western civilizations traditionally influenced the East, making his architecture—which was distinctively influenced by his global citizenry—truly international,” comments Tom Pritzker, Chairman of Hyatt Foundation.

Aratas Isozaki. Shanghai Symphony Hall -  Photo courtesy of Chen Hao.
Shanghai Symphony Hall – Photo courtesy of Chen Hao.

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.

Arata Isozaki. Qatar National Convention Center - Photo courtesy of Hisao Suzuki.
Qatar National Convention Center – Photo courtesy of Hisao Suzuki.

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.

2019 Pritzker Prize. Arata Isozaki's LUCERNE FESTIVAL ARK NOVA - Photo courtesy of Iwan Baan.
Ark Nova @ Luzern Festival – Photo courtesy of Iwan Baan.

The 2019 Jury Citation states, in part, “Possessing a profound knowledge of architectural history and theory, and embracing the avant-garde, he never merely replicated the status quo, but his search for meaningful architecture was reflected in his buildings that to this day, defy stylistic categorizations, are constantly evolving, and always fresh in their approach.”

Ceramic Park Mino - Photo courtesy of Hisao Suzuki.
Ceramic Park Mino – Photo courtesy of Hisao Suzuki.

The Pritzker Architecture Prize was founded in 1979 by the late Jay A. Pritzker and his wife, Cindy. Its purpose is to honor annually 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. 

Arata Isozaki. MoLA - Photo courtesy of Yasuhiro Ishimoto.
MoLA – Photo courtesy of Yasuhiro Ishimoto.

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Arata Isozaki. Ōita Prefectural Library - Photo courtesy of Yasuhiro Ishimoto.
Ōita Prefectural Library – Photo courtesy of Yasuhiro Ishimoto.
Arata Isozaki. Allianz Tower - Photo: courtesy of Alessandra Chemollo.
Allianz Tower – Photo: courtesy of Alessandra Chemollo.
Arata Isozaki. Palau Sant Jordi - Photo courtesy of Hisao Suzuki.
Palau Sant Jordi – Photo courtesy of Hisao Suzuki.