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2012 Pritzker Prize Ceremony: Wang Shu

Wang Shu’s acceptance speech:

“Winning this award is something unexpected. For many years, I have been pursuing my dream on a lonely course. Before this, I had never published any architectural design collection or designed any buildings outside of China. I always see myself as an amateur architect, so it is absolutely a huge pleasant surprise to receive this honor. I wish to thank the judges for their insight and fair comments. This award is of special importance for the Chinese architectural industry. As a young architect, I have to say that I owe this award to the age we now live in. It is in this golden age that China has achieved unprecedented prosperity and openness, giving me so many opportunities for making difficult architectural experiments in such a short span of time. Here, I wish to thank my partner Lu Wenyu and all my friends who have helped me before.”

“I always say that I am not just designing a building, but a world of diversity and difference and a path that leads us back to the nature. These are the questions I was asking myself when I got to know that I was given the award, and these are the questions I will continue to focus on in my future endeavors.”

You can check our coverage of the past ceremonies: 2009 in Buenos Aires2010 in New York, and 2011 in Washington DC.

Wang Shu
Wang Shu

Thomas J Pritzker and Wang Shu
Thomas J Pritzker and Wang Shu

Wang Shu
Wang Shu

Wang Shu at the press conference
Wang Shu at the press conference

Thomas J Pritzker, Wang Shu and Lord Palumbo at the press conference
Thomas J Pritzker, Wang Shu and Lord Palumbo at the press conference
David Basulto and David Assael from ArchDaily, with Wang Shu
David Basulto and David Assael from ArchDaily, with Wang Shu
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