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Christian de Portzamparc Selected as 2018 Praemium Imperiale Laureate

12:00 - 11 July, 2018
House of Dior, Seoul. Image © Nicolás Borel
House of Dior, Seoul. Image © Nicolás Borel

French architect Christian de Portzamparc has been named the 2018 laureate of the the Praemium Imperiale Arts Award for Architecture. The prize, given by by the Japan Art Association (JAA), recognized de Portzamparc for his “imaginative architectural style...known for its distinctive features such as bold designs, an artistic approach and the creativity that comes from his work as a watercolor painter.”

Rafael Moneo Selected as 2017 Praemium Imperiale Laureate

11:20 - 12 September, 2017
Rafael Moneo Selected as 2017 Praemium Imperiale Laureate, Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Los Angeles. © <a href='http://https://www.flickr.com/photos/cwsteeds/5323909741/'>Flickr user cwsteeds</a>. Licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Los Angeles. © Flickr user cwsteeds. Licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Spanish architect Rafael Moneo has been selected as the winner of the 2017 Praemium Imperiale International Arts Award for Architecture by the Japan Art Association (JAA). Known for his timeless, stately designs, the 1996 Pritzker Prize laureate was lauded by the JAA jury for his design approach which “[ensures] that his buildings blend effortlessly into the city landscape while at the same time respecting the environment and establishing a clear identity and a connection to his creative vision.”

Paulo Mendes da Rocha Named 2016 Praemium Imperiale Laureate

11:05 - 13 September, 2016
Paulo Mendes da Rocha Named 2016 Praemium Imperiale Laureate, Cais das Artes / Paulo Mendes da Rocha & METRO. Image Courtesy of Paulo Mendes da Rocha
Cais das Artes / Paulo Mendes da Rocha & METRO. Image Courtesy of Paulo Mendes da Rocha

The Japan Art Association (JAA) has named Brazilian architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha as the winner of the 2016 Praemium Imperiale International Arts Award. Often credited as a founder of the Brutalist movement in São Paulo, 2006 Pritzker Prize Winner Mendes da Rocha was praised by the jury for his commitment to honoring “locality, history and landscape” in his projects and his ability to utilize “simple materials like concrete and steel to structure space to maximum effect.”

Dominique Perrault Named 2015 Praemium Imperiale Laureate

12:00 - 10 September, 2015
Dominique Perrault Named 2015 Praemium Imperiale Laureate, Albi Grand Theater / Dominique Perrault Architecture. Image © Georges Fessy
Albi Grand Theater / Dominique Perrault Architecture. Image © Georges Fessy

The Japan Art Association (JAA) has named French architect Dominique Perrault winner of the 2015 Praemium Imperiale International Arts Award. Lauded for his "wildly imaginative [or] abstractly minimal" designs, Perrault is known for masterfully blending innovative works with their context.

“Architecture should not be closed on itself, with its back to the context," says Perrault. "It should always be in resonance with the environment, whether natural or urban. We architects should always think about our buildings’ place in the urban design, and about the city itself as a whole.”

The prestigious global arts prize, now in its 27th year, recognizes "outstanding contributions to the development, promotion and progress of the arts" in the fields of architecture, painting, sculpture, music and theater/film. Perrault joins a small handful of architects who have received the award, including James Stirling, Tadao Ando, Alvaro Siza, Richard Rogers, Jean Nouvel, Toyo Ito, Zaha Hadid, Peter Zumthor, David Chipperfield, andJacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron.

All five 2015 Praemium Imperiale laureates include:

Steven Holl Named 2014 Praemium Imperiale Laureate

00:00 - 16 July, 2014
Steven Holl Named 2014 Praemium Imperiale Laureate, © Mark Heithoff
© Mark Heithoff

The Japan Art Association (JAA) has named American architect Steven Holl as the 2014 Praemium Imperiale Laureate for Architecture. Holl will be honored at a ceremony in Tokyo on October 15th. The jury's citation states that Holl's "works are internationally highly regarded, primarily as a result of his philosophy regarding the unification of the “experience” of space, as depicted by color and light, with the history and culture of each site of construction."

Since its inauguration in 1989, the annual global arts award has recognised "outstanding contributions to the development, promotion and progress of the arts" in the fields of architecture, painting, sculpture, music and theater/film. Only a small handful of architects have received this award, including James Stirling, Tadao Ando, Alvaro Siza, Richard Rogers, Jean Nouvel, Toyo Ito, Zaha Hadid, Peter Zumthor, David Chipperfield, and Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron.