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Riken Yamamoto Wins 2024 Pritzker Architecture Prize

Riken Yamamoto, a Japanese architect from Yokohama, has been named the winner of the 2024 Pritzker Architecture Prize, widely regarded as the highest honour in the field of architecture.

About Riken Yamamoto’s Work

Community-Focused Design

Yamamoto’s work emphasizes the importance of community and shared spaces. He believes in creating architectural spaces that foster harmony and societal relationships while respecting individual freedom.

Blending Public and Private

His designs combine public and private realms, aiming to break down traditional notions of privacy and promote interaction among neighbors.


Yamamoto draws inspiration from traditional Japanese machiya and Greek oikos housing styles, incorporating elements that encourage community engagement.

Notable Projects

Some of Yamamoto’s significant built works include:

  • GAZEBO (Yokohama, Japan, 1986): His own home designed to promote interaction with neighbors through terraces and rooftops.
  • Ishii House (Kawasaki, Japan, 1978): A residence for two artists featuring a pavilion-like room for performances and living quarters beneath.
  • Nagoya Zokei University (Nagoya, Japan, 2022)
  • THE CIRCLE at Zürich Airport (Zürich, Switzerland, 2020)
  • Tianjin Library (Tianjin, China, 2012)
  • Jian Wai SOHO (Beijing, China, 2004)

About the Pritzker Architecture Prize

The Pritzker Architecture Prize is an annual award founded in 1979 by Jay A. Pritzker and his wife, Cindy. It honors a living architect whose built work demonstrates talent, vision, and commitment, contributing significantly to humanity and the built environment.

Ceremony and Lecture

Yamamoto will be honored in Chicago, Illinois, USA, in the spring of 2024. The 2024 Laureate Lecture will be held at S. R. Crown Hall, Illinois Institute of Technology, in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Center, on May 16th, and will be open to the public in-person and online.

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