[FROM 1AM 16 MAY] Watch a live stream of the Pritzker Prize ceremony as it recognises the late Frei Otto
The award ceremony, which is taking place at the Frank Gehry-designed New World Centre in Miami, features tributes from several Pritzker Prize laureates including Norman Foster, Tom Pritzker and jury chair Peter Palumbo.
The announcement of the award was brought forward after it emerged the 89-year-old German architect had died in March.
The prize will be picked up by Otto’s daughter Christine Otto-Kanstinger, an architect who worked with her father for 32 years, collaborating on many of his important projects.
Otto pioneered the use of modern lightweight tent-like structures and practiced, according to the prize jury, practices ‘a holistic and collaborative approach to architecture, working with environmentalists, biologists, engineers, philosophers, historians, naturalists, artists, and other architects’.
The German architect was best-known for his stadium roofs in Munich’s Olympic Park and for the German Pavilion at the 1967 Expo.
He had already been recognised with the RIBA Gold Medal in 2005 and in 2006 won the Praemium Imperiale for architecture.
Otto is the fortieth recipient of the Pritzker Prize, which is regarded as architecture’s highest honour and usually goes to a living architect.
The committee said it was the first time that a winner had died before the announcement was made.
Last year, the prize went to Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, and other past recipients have included Norman Foster, Oscar Niemeyer, Zaha Hadid and Peter Zumthor.