Pritzker Architecture Prize 2004
This year, Zaha Hadid, British born in Iraq, will receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize, the highest award in architecture. The prize has been awarded for 26 years – and for the first time, it will go to a woman.
The 53 year-old architect has made a name for herself with numerous projects, among them a ski jump in Innsbruck, Austria, a firehouse in Weil am Rhein, Germany, and the Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. Her realizations are considered to be very modernist, daring and unconventional. Innovation, total devotion and going beyond limitations are the catchwords that characterize Zaha Hadid. One of the jurors, Professor Carlos Jimenez (Rice University, Texas, USA), says that Zaha Hadid's work reminds us that architecture does not consist of an isolated building that is completely untouched by the vitality of the city, but that it bundles and advances collective energies.
Currently, Zaha Hadid is a professor at the University for Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria, and will be a guest professor for architectural design during the spring semester 2004 at Yale University, USA. In addition to many other projects, she is currently working on the Guggenheim Museum in Taichung, Taiwan, and a science center in Wolfsburg, Germany.
The award will be presented on May 31, 2004 in the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. Every year, the Pritzker Architecture Prize awards a living architect whose work is a combination of talent, vision and devotion, and has proven a significant influence on society and the environment. The prize was established in 1979 by the Hyatt Foundation.