Chinese Architect Awarded Pritzker Prize

Wang Shu, a 48-year-old architect from The People’s Republic of China, has been chosen by the Hyatt Foundation as its recipient of the 2012 Pritzker Architecture Prize. The annual award, regarded by many as architecture’s highest honor, recognizes a living architect whose built work demonstrates the qualities of talent, vision and commitment with consistent and significant contributions to humanity and the built environment through the art of architecture. Those chosen receive a $100,000 grant and a bronze medallion. In making its selection, this year’s jury noted Wang’s ability to transcend the debate of past versus present with regard to urbanization in China. Wang and his wife Lu Wenyu founded their professional practice, Amateur Architecture Studio, in 1997 in Hangzhou. All of his major projects are in China. Wang is also a visiting professor at Harvard University and a frequent visiting lecturer at many universities around the world. Another thing that sets Wang apart from most of his contemporaries is his design process: “I don’t use the computer. I use just the pencil.” For more information on the Pritzker Architecture Prize and this year’s recipient, visit

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