Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate Wang Shu spoke at UCLA Architecture and Urban Design on Monday, February 27 just hours after it was announced that he won the Pritzker Architecture Prize.
The purpose of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, which was founded in 1979 by the late Jay A. Pritzker and his wife, Cindy, is to honor annually a living architect whose built work demonstrates talent, vision and commitment, producing consistent and significant contributions to humanity and the built environment through the art of architecture. The laureates receive a $100,000 grant and a bronze medallion.
Wang Shu lives in Hangzhou, China where he established the Amateur Architecture Studio with his wife Lu WenYu in 1997. Since 2000 Wang Shu has been head of the Architecture Department of the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou. He was awarded the Schelling Architecture Prize in 2010 and L'Académie d'Architecture de France in 2011.