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Alejandro Aravena selected as 2016 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate

by Sophie Cullen on Jan 14, 2016 in Architecture
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Curator of La Biennale di Venezia - Alejandro Aravena 
(Photo by Cristobal Palma)

Curator of La Biennale di Venezia - Alejandro Aravena (Photo by Cristobal Palma)

Alejandro Aravena of Chile has been selected as the 2016 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate

48-year-old Alejandro Aravena has been selected as the 2016 Pritzker Prize Laureate, becoming the 41st recipient of what is known internationally as the architecture world’s highest honour.

Mr. Pritzker, chairman and president of The Hyatt Foundation, which sponsors the prize, said at the announcement, "The jury has selected an architect who deepens our understanding of what is truly great design. Alejandro Aravena has pioneered a collaborative practice that produces powerful works of architecture and also addresses key challenges of the 21st century. His built work gives economic opportunity to the less privileged, mitigates the effects of natural disasters, reduces energy consumption, and provides welcoming public space. Innovative and inspiring, he shows how architecture at its best can improve people's lives."

Mathematics School, 1999, Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile  Photo by Tadeuz Jalocha

Mathematics School, 1999, Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile
Photo by Tadeuz Jalocha

The architect has completed a selection of inspired buildings including, Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiago, including the UC Innovation Center – Anacleto Angelini (2014), the Siamese Towers (2005), Medical School (2004), School of Architecture (2004), and the Mathematics School (1999). All of these buildings incorporate energy-efficient design which responds to the local climates, efficient facades and floor plans and offer the users natural light and convivial meeting places.

Siamese Towers, 2005, San Joaquín Campus, Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile, University classrooms and offices  Photo by Cristobal Palma

Siamese Towers, 2005, San Joaquín Campus, Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile, University classrooms and offices
Photo by Cristobal Palma

Since 2001, Aravena has been executive director of the Santiago-based practice ELEMENTAL, a "Do Tank," as opposed to a think tank, whose partners are Gonzalo Arteaga, Juan Cerda, Victor Oddó, and Diego Torres. The firm focuses on projects of public interest and social impact, including housing, public space, infrastructure, and transportation.

Monterrey Housing, 2010, Monterrey, Mexico  Photo by Ramiro Ramirez — An example of middle-class standard achieved by the residents themselves.

Monterrey Housing, 2010, Monterrey, Mexico
Photo by Ramiro Ramirez — An example of middle-class standard achieved by the residents themselves.

The formal award ceremony will be at United Nations Headquarters in New York on April 4, 2016.

 

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