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UNITED STATES 29 May 2013 Architecture’s top prize awarded to Japanese architect

The US $100,000 Pritzker award and bronze medallion, recognized as architecture’s top prize, will be conferred on Toyo

May 29, 2013 - NULL

UNITED STATES 29 May 2013 Architecture's top prize awarded to Japanese architect

The US $100,000 Pritzker award and bronze medallion, recognized as architecture's top prize, will be conferred on Toyo Ito, a 71-year-old architect whose practice is based in Tokyo, in a ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston. If 81-year-old architect Denise Scott Brown, she might also be on the stage. The wife of 1991 Pritzker laureate Robert Venturi, with whom she worked side by side, Scott Brown has challenged the foundation that awards the Pritzker to allow her to

UNITED STATES 29 May 2013 Architecture's top prize awarded to Japanese architect

The US $100,000 Pritzker award and bronze medallion, recognized as architecture's top prize, will be conferred on Toyo Ito, a 71-year-old architect whose practice is based in Tokyo, in a ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston. If 81-year-old architect Denise Scott Brown, she might also be on the stage. The wife of 1991 Pritzker laureate Robert Venturi, with whom she worked side by side, Scott Brown has challenged the foundation that awards the Pritzker to allow her to share her husband's prize retroactively - as "a salute to the notion of joint creativity."

Ito is the sixth Japanese architect to become a Pritzker laureate. The first five were the late Kenzo Tange in 1987, Fumihiko Maki in 1993, Tadao Ando in 1995 and the team of Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa in 2010. Ito has received numerous international awards, including in 2010, the 22nd Praemium Imperiale in Honor of Prince Takamatsu; and in 2006, The Royal Institute of British Architects' Royal Gold Medal; and in 2002, the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement for 8th Venice Biennale International Exhibition. Calling him a "creator of timeless buildings," the Pritzker Jury cites Ito for "infusing his designs with a spiritual dimension and for the poetics that transcend all his works."

According to the New York Times, which reported Scott Brown's challenge to the foundation, her bid prompted two students at Harvard's Graduate School of Design to start an online petition demanding that the panel that administers the prize revisit the exclusion decision. The newspaper notes that the petition has drawn 9,000 signatures, many of them famous architects. The six Pritzker laureates who signed the petition include her husband. The exclusion has reignited tensions in architecture over whether women have been consistently denied the standing they deserve in the field. When Venturi won in 1991, his wife did not attend the award ceremony in protest.

The award is made at an architecturally significant site throughout the world. Boston was chosen for the 2013 ceremony because the Presidential Library was designed by another Pritzker laureate, Ming Pei, who received the prize in 1983.

The prize takes its name from the Pritzker family, whose international business interests are headquartered in Chicago. Their name is synonymous with Hyatt Hotels located throughout the world. (WRITTEN APR 2013)

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Partner Without the Prize (NYT 18 Apr 2014)
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/18/arts/design/bid-for-pritzker-prize-to-acknowledge-denise-scott-brown.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20130418&_r=0

Date written/update: 2013-05-29