Japanese Architect Wins Pritzker Prize

Japanese architect wins Pritzker Prize

Japanese architect Arata Isozaki has won this year's Pritzker Architecture Prize, a prestigious award often called the Nobel Prize of the profession.

The jury at the Hyatt Foundation, the prize's organizer, made the announcement on Tuesday.

Isozaki, now 87, is known for his innovative designs that bring together Eastern and Western culture. His works include the Oita Prefectural Library in Japan, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and the Himalayas Center in Shanghai.

Tom Pritzker, chairman of the Hyatt Foundation, said Isozaki is one of the first Japanese architects to build outside of the country "during a time when Western civilizations traditionally influenced the East."

He also said this made Isozaki's works, which were "influenced by his global citizenry," truly international.

The architect is the 8th Japanese winner of the prize. Past Japanese honorees include Kenzo Tange, Tadao Ando, and Shigeru Ban. Ban received the prize in 2014.

The award ceremony for Isozaki will be held in May in France.