civic architect, urban planner and activist, sir david alan chipperfield has been selected as the 2023 laureate of the pritzker architecture prize, the award that is regarded internationally as architecture’s highest honor.
truly a man for all reasons. whether it’s a museum, a spoon or a lounge chair, either modern or traditional, his effort is subtle yet powerful, subdued yet elegant, he is a prolific architect and designer who is radical in his restraint, demonstrating his reverence for history and culture while honoring the preexisting built and natural environments, as he reimagines functionality and accessibility of new buildings, renovations and restorations through timeless modern design that confronts climate urgencies, transforms social relationships and reinvigorates cities.
“i am so overwhelmed to receive this extraordinary honour and to be associated with the previous recipients who have all given so much inspiration to the profession,” remarks chipperfield. “i take this award as an encouragement to continue to direct my attention not only to the substance of architecture and its meaning but also to the contribution that we can make as architects to address the existential challenges of climate change and societal inequality. we know that, as architects, we can have a more prominent and engaged role in creating not only a more beautiful world but a fairer and more sustainable one too. we must rise to this challenge and help inspire the next generation to embrace this responsibility with vision and courage.”
above> procuratie vecchie, photo courtesy of richard davies // below> procuratie vecchie, photo courtesy of alessandra chemollo
above/below> royal academy of arts masterplan, photo courtesy of simon menges
above> royal academy of arts masterplan, photo courtesy of the royal academy of arts
above/below> amorepacific headquarters, photo courtesy of noshe
above> amorepacific headquarters, photo courtesy of noshe
above/below> america’s cup building ‘veles e vents,’ photo courtesy of christian richters
above> america’s cup building ‘veles e vents,’ photo courtesy of christian richters
above/below> the hepworth wakefield, photo courtesy of iwan baan
above/below> saint louis art museum, photo courtesy of simon menges
above/below> james-simon-galerie, photo courtesy of ute zscharnt
above/below> inagawa cemetery chapel and visitor center, photo courtesy of keiko sasaoka
above> inagawa cemetery chapel and visitor center, photo courtesy of keiko sasaoka
above/below> river and rowing museum, photo courtesy of richard bryant / arcaid
[ about the prize ]
to honor a living architect or architects whose built work demonstrates a combination of those qualities of talent, vision, and commitment, which has produced consistent and significant contributions to humanity and the built environment through the art of architecture.
the international prize, which is awarded each year to a living architect/s for significant achievement, was established by the pritzker family of chicago through their hyatt foundation in 1979. it is granted annually and is often referred to as “architecture’s nobel” and “the profession’s highest honor.”
the award consists of $100,000 (us) and a bronze medallion. the award is conferred on the laureate/s at a ceremony held at an architecturally significant site throughout the world.
jay and cindy pritzker believed that a meaningful prize would encourage and stimulate not only a greater public awareness of buildings but also would inspire greater creativity within the architectural profession.
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. the pritzkers have long been known for their support of educational, scientific, medical, and cultural activities. jay a. pritzker, (1922-1999), founded the prize with his wife, cindy. his eldest son, tom pritzker, the chairman and president of hyatt foundation, explains, “as native chicagoans, it’s not surprising that our family was keenly aware of architecture, living in the birthplace of the skyscraper, a city filled with buildings designed by architectural legends such as louis sullivan, frank lloyd wright, mies van der rohe, and many others.”
he continues, “in 1967, we acquired an unfinished building which was to become the hyatt regency atlanta. its soaring atrium was wildly successful and became the signature piece of our hotels around the world. it was immediately apparent that this design had a pronounced effect on the mood of our guests and attitude of our employees. while the architecture of chicago made us cognizant of the art of architecture, our work with designing and building hotels made us aware of the impact architecture could have on human behavior. so in 1978, when we were approached with the idea of honoring living architects, we were responsive. mom and dad (cindy and the late jay a. pritzker) believed that a meaningful prize would encourage and stimulate not only a greater public awareness of buildings but also would inspire greater creativity within the architectural profession.”
many of the procedures and rewards of the pritzker prize are modeled after the nobel prize. laureates of the pritzker architecture prize receive a $100,000 grant, a formal citation certificate, and since 1987, a bronze medallion. prior to that year, a limited edition henry moore sculpture was presented to each laureate.