The Pritzker Architecture Prize is awarded annually by the
Hyatt Foundationto honor "a living architectwhose built work demonstrates a combination of those qualities of talent, vision and commitment, which has produced consistent and significant contributions to humanity and the built environment through the art of architecture." [ [http://www.pritzkerprize.com/full_new_site/purpose.htm The Purpose of the Pritzker Architecture Prize.] Pritzker Prize Official Site. URL accessed on 16 April 2008.]
1979by Jay A. Pritzker and run by the Pritzkerfamily, it is one of the world's premier architectureprizes. The prize is awarded "irrespective of nationality, race, creed, or ideology." [ [http://www.pritzkerprize.com/full_new_site/nomination_process.htm Nomination Process.] Pritzker Prize Official Site. URL accessed on 16 April 2008.]
Part of the criteria in this prize is the innovative quality and fineness of architectural thought given to accomplish such architectural work. Contributions to the integration of good use of construction technology is also a factor.
The winner receives US$100,000, but more important is the industry-wide fame and subsequent interest from building developers. The Pritzker is sometimes referred to as "the
Nobel Prizeof Architecture."
* [http://www.pritzkerprize.com/full_new_site/ Pritzker Prize Official Site]
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