French architect Jean Nouvel, whose modern structures have been lauded for their vanguard designs, has won the 2008 Pritzker Architecture Prize, it was announced Sunday.
In his company are Gehry, Ando and Pei in receiving the top honor in the field in recognition of his high-rises, museums and performance halls around the world.
“I think they understood very well that I fight for specific architecture against generic architecture,” Nouvel told AP reporters by phone. “Every project is an adventure.”
The last French Pritzker to receive the award was Christian de Portzamparc, the 1994 recipient.
The Pritzker jury of architects, critics, academics and others praised Nouvel for his “persistence, imagination, exuberance, and, above all, an insatiable urge for creative experimentation.”
The notable buildings the jury selected as demonstrative of Nouvel’s talent included the Arab World Institute in Paris and Guthrie Theater, in Minneapolis.
The AP notes that in the near future Nouvel will be building a tower alongside New York’s Museum of section of Los Angeles.
“Architecture is always linked to the surrounding culture,” Nouvel told the AP. “I’ve always said architecture is the petrification of a cultural moment.”