As most of you know, the Pritzker Architectural Prize is awarded annually to a living architect whose built work demonstrates a combination of talent, vision and commitment and represents a consistent and significant contribution to humanity and the built environment.
Kazuyou Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, partners in the Japanese architectural firm SANAA, have been named the 2010 Laureates of the Pritzker Architectural Prize. It is the second time in the Pritker’s 31-year history that the prize has gone to a pair and the second time its gone to a woman. The formal ceremony will take place on 17 May at Ellis Island in New York. At that time the architects will be awarded a $100,000 grant and bronze medallions.
The jury said they selected the Japanese duo as the 2010 Laureates, “For architecture that is simultaneously delicate and powerful, precise and fluid, ingenious but not overly or overtly clever; for the creation of buildings that successfully interact with their contexts and the activities they contain; for creating a sense of fullness and experiential richness; for a singular architectural language that springs from a collaborative process that is both unique and inspirational; and for their notable completed buildings and the promise of new projects together.”