As the youngest architect ever to design the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London, it is no surprise that 41-year-old Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto has been selected as winner of the $100,000 Marcus Prize. Awarded by the Milwaukee-based Marcus Corporation Foundation, the biennial prize is dedicated to honoring emerging designers by requiring only a decade of exceptional leadership in their field.
This award doesn’t come with responsibility, as Fujimoto will be required to visit the graduate students at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning a handful of times through the next year, in addition to skyping with a class as often as once per week.
2013 Marcus Prize Jurors:
- Brian Lee of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in Chicago
- William Menking, founder and editor of Architect’s Newspaper in New York
- Donna V. Robertson, the chair of the IIT College of Architecture in Chicago
- Robert Greenstreet, dean of UWM's architecture school
- Mo Zell, associate professor and associate dean at UWM's architecture school
- Greg Marcus, president and CEO of the Marcus Corporation Foundation