The Pritzker Prize is the most prestigious international award that can be bestowed upon an architect. It is considered the “Nobel of architecture”.
This year, 2019, the prize was awarded to Arata Isozaki, one of Japan’s most outstanding architects.
Thanks to his innovative ideas and amazing work, he has influenced an entire generation of architecture professionals. .
Arata Isozaki was born in Japan in 1931 and as a child lived through the war and post-war period. .
He arrived at architecture after studying to be an engineer, which gave him an approach and perspective of architecture, in which his desire to understand how things work stood out. He has not followed trends, preferring to forge his own path. .
From the early 1960s with a brutalist architecture and thereafter with architectural works with an outstanding modern engineering component. .
He was a disciple of Kenzo Tanje and was one of the first Japanese architects to exchange knowledge with the west and build outside of Japan.
Since the 1960s he has built over 100 works around the world (Europe, Asia, Australia, America…), some of which are 20th century icons. Of his works in Spain, the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona stands out. It was built for the 1992 Olympic Games and is a work that used a system of structures (Patadome system) that enables a building’s roof to detach in a simple manner. .
The Pritzker Prize seems to alternate recognising a career, where applicable, with awarding architects with very consolidated work but still a long way to go. .