The 2019 Pritzker Prize Laureate - ARATA ISOZAKI

Arata Isozaki is a Japanese architect from Oita. He was born on 23rd July 1931. Isozaki completed his schooling at the Oita Prefecture Oita Uenogi High School. In 1954, he graduated from the University of Tokyo where he majored in Architecture and Engineering. This was followed by a doctoral program in architecture from the same university. He was considered the first Japanese architect to develop his work on a truly global scale. Isozaki took special care to respond to the context and the specific requirements of each project, expanding the heterogeneity of his work and resulting in a variety of styles from vernacular to high tech. His early projects were influenced by European experiences with a style mixed between "New Brutalism" a "Metabolist Architecture". His style continued to evolve with buildings such as the Fujimi Country Club (1973–74) and Kitakyushu Central Library (1973–74). Later he developed a more modernistic style with buildings such as the Art Tower of Mito (1986–90) and Domus-Casa del Hombre (1991-1995) in Galicia, Spain.

Despite designing buildings both inside and outside Japan, Isozaki has been described as an architect who refuses to be stuck to one architectural style, highlighting "how each of his designs is a specific solution born out of the project’s context."

These were the projects for which he was nominated:


Nara Centennial Hall

The Palau Sant Jordi

Qatar National Library

Qatar National Convention Centre

Isozaki was 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. His buildings appear geometrically simple, but are infused with theory and purpose. The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (1981-1986 Los Angeles, United States) was the architect’s first international commission.

Isozaki is a pioneer in understanding that the need for architecture is both global and local—that those two forces are part of a single challenge. Isozaki is the 46th Laureate of the Pritzker Prize, and the eighth to hail from Japan. The 2019 Pritzker Prize ceremony will take place in France this May, accompanied by a public lecture in Paris.

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