Jørn Utzon (right) has joined the elite band of international stars honoured with the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize. The 84-year-old designer of the Sydney Opera House was this week named Pritzker Laureate 2003.
He will be presented with the $100,000 (£70,000) prize at a formal ceremony in Madrid next month.
The judges praised Utzon for creating 'one of the great iconic buildings of the 20th century', as well as a significant body of work that includes housing, religious and residential buildings.
Juror Jorge Silvetti acknowledged that the award was 'long overdue' but said it came at a timely moment in the development of architecture.
Other laureates of the prize, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, include Glen Murcutt (2002), James Stirling (1981) and Philip Johnson in its inaugural year (1979).