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The Pritzker Prize Laureates in their own Words

Ruth Peltason, Grace Ong-Yan

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Thrirty-three of the world’s most accomplished and inspiring architects – including Gehry, Pei, Meier and Piano – discuss creativity, inspiration and the future of architecture


The Pritzker Prize is the most prestigious international prize for architecture. Awarded annually to a living architect by an independent jury of experts, its purpose is ‘to honour a living architect 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.’

Architect is the first book to document what the Pritzker Prize laureates have said and written about their field, with a selection of their major built works, seen in more than 700 images.

Architect begins in 2010 and retraces the laureates back to the debut of the prize in 1979 showing their important built works including schools and libraries, museums, residences, shops, airports, courthouses, stadiums and hotels.

These architects, who collectively have shaped our built environment, talk about what matters to them – light, materials and sustainability, for example – as well as their heroes and what buildings they admire – 35 Pritzker Prize laureates who speak directly to us about what they do and why.

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Book Details

Format: PLC (with jacket)

Size: 27.8 x 24.1 cm

Extent: 376 pp

Illustrations: 706

Publication date: 8 November 2010

ISBN: 9780500342657

About the Author

Ruth Peltason is an editor and writer. She runs Bespoke Books, an editorial studio specializing in books on the cultural arts.Thames & Hudson also published her book Jewelry from Nature.

Grace Ong-Yan is an architect and architectural historian. She received her masters degree from Yale University and is currently a PhD candidate at The University of Pennsylvania.

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