2013 Pritzker Architecture Prize Media Kit
Press Release Announcing the 2013 Laureate
(continued)One o his rst projects in 1971 was a home in a suburb o Tokyo. Called “Aluminum House,” thestructure consisted o wooden rame completely covered in aluminum. Most o his early works wereresidences. In 1976, he produced a home or his sister, who had recently lost her husband. The housewas called “White U” and generated a great deal o interest in Ito’s works. O most o his work inthe 1980’s, Ito explains that he was seeking to erase conventional meaning rom his works throughminimalist tactics, developing lightness in architecture that resembles air and wind.He calls the Sendai Mediatheque, completed in 2001 in Sendai City, Miyagi, Japan, one o the highpoints o his career. In the Phaidon book,
, he explains, “The Mediatheque diers romconventional public buildings in many ways. While the building principally unctions as a library and artgallery, the administration has actively worked to relax divisions between diverse programs, removingxed barriers between various media to progressively evoke an image o how cultural acilities shouldbe rom now on.” The jury commented on this project in their citation, saying, “Ito has said that hestrives or architecture that is fuid and not conned by what he considers to be the limitations omodern architecture. In the Sendai Mediatheque he achieved this by structural tubes,which permitted new interior spatial qualities.”Another o Ito’s projects commented on by the jury is the TOD’S Omotesando building in Tokyo,“where the building skin also serves as structure,” to quote the jury citation, and urther, “Innovativeis a word oten used to describe Toyo Ito’s works.” Citing the Municipal Funeral Hall in Giu Preecture,Tokyo’s Tama Art University Library, and London’s 2002 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, the jury callsattention to some “o his many inspiring spaces.”The distinguished jury that selected the 2013 Pritzker Laureate consists o its chairman, The LordPalumbo, internationally known architectural patron o London, chairman o the trustees, SerpentineGallery, ormer chairman o the Arts Council o Great Britain, ormer chairman o the Tate GalleryFoundation, and ormer trustee o the Mies van der Rohe Archive at The Museum o Modern Art, NewYork; and alphabetically: Alejandro Aravena, architect and executive director o Elemental in Santiago,Chile; Stephen Breyer, U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Washington, D.C.; Yung Ho Chang, architect andeducator, Beijing, The People’s Republic o China; Glenn Murcutt, architect and 2002 Pritzker Laureateo Sydney, Australia; and Juhani Pallasmaa, architect, proessor and author o Helsinki, Finland. MarthaThorne, associate dean or external relations, IE School o Architecture & Design, Madrid, Spain, is theexecutive director o the prize.In addition to the previous laureates already mentioned, the late Philip Johnson was the rst PritzkerLaureate in 1979. The late Luis Barragán o Mexico was named in 1980. The late James Stirling o theUnited Kingdom was elected in 1981, Kevin Roche in 1982, Ieoh Ming Pei in 1983, and Richard Meierin 1984. Hans Hollein o Austria was the 1985 Laureate. Gottried Böhm o Germany received the prizein 1986. Robert Venturi received the honor in 1991, and Alvaro Siza o Portugal in 1992. Christian dePortzamparc o France was elected Pritzker Laureate in 1994. Frank Gehry o the United States wasthe recipient in 1989, the late Aldo Rossi o Italy in 1990. In 1996, Raael Moneo o Spain was theLaureate; in 1997 the late Sverre Fehn o Norway; in 1998 Renzo Piano o Italy, in 1999 Sir NormanFoster o the UK, and in 2000, Rem Koolhaas o the Netherlands. Australian Glenn Murcutt receivedthe prize in 2002. The late Jørn Utzon o Denmark was honored in 2003; Zaha Hadid o the UK in 2004;and Thom Mayne o the United States in 2005. Paulo Mendes da Rocha o Brazil was the Laureate in2006, and Richard Rogers received the prize in 2007. Jean Nouvel o France was the Laureate in 2008.In 2009, Peter Zumthor o Switzerland received the award. In 2010, two Japanese architects werehonored, partners Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa o SANAA, Inc. In 2011, Eduardo Souto deMoura o Portugal was the laureate. Last year, Wang Shu o The People’s Republic o China becamethe laureate.