Chilean Architect won Pritzker Prize


Tom Pritzker, Chairman and President of The Hyatt Foundation announced the selection of Alejandro Aravena from Chile as the 2016 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate.

Alejandro Aravena


Considered the architecture industry’s highest honour, the Pritzker Prize will be awarded to the 48-year-old Aravena at a formal ceremony at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on April 4, 2016.

Based in Santiago, Chile, Aravena is the 41st laureate of the Pritzker Prize; the first from Chile and only the fourth from Latin America, after Luis Barragán (1980), Oscar Niemeyer (1988), and Paulo Mendes da Rocha (2006).

UC Innovation Center – Anacleto Angelini, 2014, San Joaquín Campus, Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile. Photography by Nina Vidic

According to Pritzker, Alejandro Aravena has pioneered a collaborative practice that produces powerful works of architecture and also addresses key challenges of the 21st century. His built work gives economic opportunity to the less privileged, mitigates the effects of natural disasters, reduces energy consumption, and provides welcoming public space.

Mathematics School, 1999, Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile. Photography by Tadeuz Jalocha
Siamese Towers, 2005, San Joaquín Campus, Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile, University classrooms and offices. Photography by Cristobal Palma

The 2016 Pritzker Architecture Prize Jury Citation states in part, “Alejandro Aravena has delivered works of architectural excellence in the fields of private, public and educational commissions both in his home country and abroad…. He has undertaken projects of different scales from single-family houses to large institutional buildings…. He understands materials and construction, but also the importance of poetry and the power of architecture to communicate on many levels.”

Monterrey Housing, 2010, Monterrey, Mexico. Photography by Ramiro Ramirez


Alejandro Aravena is the Director of the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016, titled ‘Reporting from the Front’ set to open in May 2016.


(H/T) Architecture & Design

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