It is being reported that a French architect by the name of Jean Nouvel has received the Pritzker Prize.
The award is handed out on an annual basis by the Hyatt Foundation, and this year went to the 62 year old Frenchman responsible for some of the nicest building designs the world has ever seen.
Two of his most famous designs are the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis as well as landmark buildings in many parts of the world.
“For over 30 years Jean Nouvel has pushed architecture’s discourse and praxis to new limits,” the Pritzker jury said. “His inquisitive and agile mind propels him to take risks in each of his projects, which, regardless of varying degrees of success, have greatly expanded the vocabulary of contemporary architecture.”
“I think they understood very well that I fight for specific architecture against generic architecture,” Nouvel said by phone from his office in Paris. “Every project is an adventure.”
Nouvel is not the first man from France to win the award. Christian de Portzamparc won the award back in 1994.
Nouvel will be recognized at a formal ceremony in June at the Library of Congress in Washington.