(Excerpt from 'Japanese architect Toyo Ito, 71, wins Pritzker Prize' posted by Christopher Hawthorne on Los Angeles Times on Mar. 17, 2013. Found here http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/culture/la-et-japanese-architect-toyo-ito-71-wins-pritzker-prize-20130312,0,2719958.story)
The international prize, which is awarded each year to a living architect for significant achievement includes a $100,000 grant, a formal citation certificate, and since 1987, a bronze medallion.
In a return to form for the most prestigious award in architecture, Japan's Toyo Ito has won this year’s Pritzker Prize.
After honoring younger and lesser-known figures in recent years -- including 49-year-old Chinese architect Wang Shu in 2012 -- the Pritzker jury this year chose a well-established architect with 40 years of built work to his credit. For at least a decade Ito has been a presumed Pritzker front-runner.
Along with Tadao Ando, the 1995 Pritzker laureate, the 71-year-old Ito is the dean of Japanese architecture, though with his mop of black hair he looks many years younger. He is best known for his 2001 Sendai Mediatheque, a seven-story glass box of a building that was dramatically shaken, though only lightly damaged, by the Tohoku earthquake two years ago.
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Image: Toyo Ito's Tama Art University Library in Tokyo (Tomio Ohashi)