Riken Yamamoto Named 2024 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate


The 53rd Laureate of the Pritzker Architecture Prize has been announced and the honor goes to Riken Yamamoto of Yokohama, Japan.

An accomplished architect and social advocate, Riken Yamamoto is known for his focus on community and harmony: "For me, to recognize space, is to recognize an entire community. The current architectural approach emphasizes privacy, negating the necessity of societal relationships. However, we can still honor the freedom of each individual while living together in architectural space as a republic, fostering harmony across cultures and phases of life."

Riken Yamamoto Named 2024 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate

Riken Yamamoto, photo courtesy of Tom Welsh

The 2024 Jury chose Yamamoto for his ability to foster community awareness of social responsibilities, challenging architectural norms and emphasizing that spaces "must be created by the resolve of the people."

His most recently completed project was the Nagoya Zokei University building in Nagoya, Japan. The exterior lattice wall was designed to allow in daylight and also serve as a lantern to the city at night.

Riken Yamamoto Named 2024 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate

Nagoya Zokei University, photo courtesy of Shinkenchiku Sha

Riken Yamamoto is set to be celebrated in Chicago, Illinois this spring, and the 2024 Laureate Lecture is scheduled to take place at S. R. Crown Hall, Illinois Institute of Technology, in collaboration with the Chicago Architecture Center, on May 16th. The event will be accessible both in-person and online, welcoming the public to attend.

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