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Chinese star Wang Shu wins Pritzker

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Chinese architect Wang Shu has been awarded the 2012 Pritzker Prize

The architect joins the likes of I.M Pei, Rem Koolhaas and Oscar Niemeyer in receiving what has been described as the ‘the Nobel Prize of Architecture.’

Wang Shu, who is co-director of the practice Amateur Architects with partner Lu Wenyu, has designed a number of buildings known for their sensitivity to site and ‘meticulous construction’, most notably in the Ceramic Teahouse which involved salvaging more than two million tiles from demolished traditional houses.

The 49-year-old architect, whose practice was founded in 1998, is best known for the Wenzheng Library in Suzhou University, the Harbor Art Museum in Ningbo and the Xiangshan Campus of the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou.

The formal ceremony for the Pritzker prize will be held in May in Beijing and Wang Shu will be presented with a $100,000 grant and bronze medallion.

The Pritzker Architecture Prize - generally recognised architecture’s highest honour - is presented annually to a living architect whose 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’.


Fact Summary

Born: November 4, 1963 in Urumqi, Xinjiang Province, China
Education: Nanjing Institute of Technology, Department of Architecture, Bachelor of Science Degree in 1985
Masters Degree in 1988, Tongji University 1995-2000, PhD, School of Architecture
Chronology of Major Works:
1990 - Youth Center, Haining, China
1991 - International Gallery of Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts, Hangzhou, China (completed and demolished)
Underground entrances of Fengqiao (completed and demolished)
Artist Sharon in Gushan Hill (completed and demolished)
1999-2000 Gallery with a View Shanghai, China (completed and demolished)
Library of Wenzheng College, Suzhou University, China
2002-2007 Vertical Courtyard Apartments, Hangzhou, China
2003 Sanhe House, Nanjing, China
2003-2005 Teaching Building of Music and Dance Department, Dongguan, Guangdong, China
2003-2006 Ceramic House, Jinhua, China
Five Scattered Houses, Ningbo, China
2006 Tiled Garden, Venice Biennale of Architecture, Italy
2001-2005 Ningbo Contemporary Art Museum, Ningbo, China
2002-2004 Xiangshan Campus, China Academy of Art (Phase I), Hangzhou, China
2004-2007 Xiangshan Campus, China Academy of Art (Phase II), Hangzhou, China
2003-2008 Ningbo History Museum, Ningbo, The People’s Republic of China
2007-2009 Old Town Conservation and Intervention of Zhongshan Street, Hangzhou, China
2009 Exhibition Hall of the Imperial Street of the Southern Song Dynasty, Hangzhou, China
Heyun Culture and Leisure Centers, Kunming, China (under construction)
2010 Shanghai Expo, Ningbo Tengtou Pavilion, Shanghai, China
City Cultural Center of Jinghua, Jinhua, China (under construction)
Ninghai ‘Shi Li Hong Zhunag’ Traditional Dowry Museum, Ninghai, China (under construction)
Contemporary Art Museum on the Dock, Zhoushan, The People’s Republic of China (in design phase)
2011 Buddhist Institute Library of Hangzhou, Hangzhou, The People’s Republic of China (in design phase)


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