New York, Mar 6 : Japanese architect Arata Isozaki has been awarded the Pritzker Prize, considered architecture's highest honour, for a lifetime of work that found global resonance while mining local traditions.
The 87-year-old's more than 100 built works range from the Palau Sant Jordi, built in Barcelona for the 1992 Summer Olympics, to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, his first international commission.
"Isozaki is a pioneer in understanding that the need for architecture is both global and local - that those two forces are part of a single challenge," jury chair US Justice Stephen Breyer said as the prize was announced on Tuesday.
"For many years, he has been trying to make certain that areas of the world that have long traditions in architecture are not limited to that tradition, but help spread those traditions while simultaneously learning from the rest of the world," he said.
Isozaki is the 46th Pritzker laureate and the eighth Japanese architect to receive the honor. Winners receive a bronze medallion and $100,000.
The prize will be awarded in May at a ceremony in Paris.
Last year, the Pritzker Prize was awarded to 90-year-old Indian Balkrishna Doshi.