Richard Rogers has won the most prestigious accolade in architecture - the Pritzker Prize.
The 73 year old becomes the fourth British-based architect to scoop the award since the Prizker was founded in 1979, following in the footsteps of James Stirling, Norman Foster and Zaha Hadid.
The international honour caps an impressive 12 months for Rogers, who landed the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Biennale last September before bagging the Stirling Prize for his Madrid Barajas Airport a month later.
Rogers will be officially handed his prize - a $100,000 (£50,000) grant and a Louis Sullivan-designed Bronze Medallion - at a ceremony in London in June.
Rogers said: 'I am extremely happy and proud to be named as the 2007 Laureate. The Pritzker Architecture Prize is a great honour for an architect and architecture.'
Pritzker Prize jury chairman, Lord Palumbo, believes the architect fully deserves his accolade. He said: 'Throughout his distinguished career of more than 40 years, Richard Rogers has consistently pursued the highest goals for architecture.
'Key Rogers projects already represent defining moments in the history of contemporary architecture. The Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris (1971-1977), designed in partnership with Renzo Piano, revolutionised museums, transforming what had once been elite monuments into popular places of social and cultural exchange, woven into the heart of the city.
'Lloyd's of London in the City of London (1978-1986), another landmark of late-20th-century design, established Richard Rogers' reputation as a master not only of the large urban building, but also of his own brand of architectural expressionism.'
Palumbo added: 'As these buildings and other subsequent projects, such as the recently completed and acclaimed Terminal 4, Barajas Airport in Madrid (1997-2005) demonstrate, a unique interpretation of the Modern Movement's fascination with the building as machine; an interest in architectural clarity and transparency; the integration of public and private spaces; and a commitment to flexible floor plans that respond to the ever-changing demands of users are recurring themes in his work.'
Read the AJ's interview with the victorious Richard Rogers at www.ajplus.co.uk/interviews/rogersby Richard Waite