Japanese Architect Isozaki Wins Pritzker Prize

Society

New York, March 5 (Jiji Press)--Japanese architect Arata Isozaki has been selected as this year's winner of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, the Hyatt Foundation said Tuesday.

Isozaki, 87, "created buildings of great quality that to this day defy categorizations," according to the jury citation released by the U.S. foundation.

He is the eighth Japanese who has won the architectural equivalent of the Nobel Prize ever and the first since 2014. The awarding ceremony will be held in France in May.

Isozaki, born in Oita Prefecture, southwestern Japan, is known for his avant-garde designs combining East and West, producing more than 100 works in and outside Japan.

His works include Tsukuba Center Building in Ibaraki Prefecture, northeast of Tokyo, Los Angeles' Museum of Contemporary Art, and Palau Sant Jordi, a major sports facility built for the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain.

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