Often referred to in the popular press as “the Oscar of architecture,” the Pritzker Architecture Prize is among the profession’s highest honors. Created to “honor a living architect/s 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 2014 award has been given to Japanese architect Shigeru Ban. Celebrated around the globe not just for his design talent but also his commitment to public interest design and disaster-relief work, Ban is the 37th Pritzker laureate.
Although there is plenty to read about Ban and what his receiving the Pritzker might mean, here are some links to get you started:
From Architectural Record: an interview with the architect about winning the award.
Image: Cardboard Cathedral, 2013, Christchurch, New Zealand by Steven Goodenough.