Riken Yamamoto, winner of the 2024 Pritzker Prize



In early March, Japanese architect Riken Yamamoto has been announced as the winner of the 2024 Pritzker Prize. Yamamoto is recognized as a “social advocate” who creates connections between the public and private sectors, inspiring harmonious societies despite differences in identities, economies, policies, infrastructure and housing systems.

With a career spanning more than five decades, Yamamoto has left a significant legacy in his country with works such as the Shinonome Canal Court CODAN residential building in Tokyo, the Ecoms house in Tosu and the Yokosuka Museum of Art, among others. Furthermore, his influence extends beyond Japan with projects in South Korea, China and Switzerland.

The award jury, led by Alejandro Aravena and made up of prominent professionals such as Kazuyo Sejima and Wang Shu, highlights Yamamoto’s ability to blur the boundaries between the public and the private through a precise and rational design, promoting community life and encounter. Between people. His architectural style is characterized by modular organization, formal simplicity and material transparency, which allow the internal functioning of his buildings to be revealed.

Yamamoto, the ninth Japanese architect to receive this award, has expressed that “recognizing space is recognizing an entire community” and that, despite the current emphasis on privacy, it is possible to enjoy individual freedom while promoting coexistence in the architectural environment, promoting harmony between different cultures and stages of life.

The Pritzker Prize is the most prestigious award in the field of architecture, awarded annually to a living architect whose work has demonstrated exceptional talent and a significant contribution to humanity through the art of construction. This international recognition, established in 1979 by the Pritzker family of Chicago, honors excellence in architectural design and positive influence on the built environment.


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