Toyo Ito has been awarded the 2013 Pritzker Architecture Prize, it was announced Mar 17. Ito is the sixth Japanese architect to win the prize, after Kenzo Tange, Fumihiko Maki, Tadao Ando and Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA.
In its citation, the Pritzker jury praised Ito for developing and perfecting “a personal architectural syntax, which combines structural and technical ingenuity with formal clarity.” Projects mentioned in the jury citation include the commercial TOD’s building in Tokyo, the multipurpose public facility Sendai Mediatheque, and the “Home-for-All” project to build communal spaces for those affected by the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami of 2011 – a collaborative project with other architects that was awarded the Golden Lion for best national pavilion at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale.
This is just the latest recognition for Ito, who was also honored with the Praemium Imperiale in 2010, the Royal Gold Medal of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 2006, and the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 8th Venice Architecture Biennale in 2002. He will receive USD 100,000 and a bronze medalion at an award ceremony to be held May 29. Members of the jury included the architects Alejandro Aravena, Yung Ho Chang, Glenn Murcott and Juhani Pallasmaa.
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