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David Chipperfield wins Pritzker Prize for his serene architecture

Washington, Mar 7 (EFE).- David Chipperfield, the creator of a thoughtful, serene and precise architecture which resists the passage of time and which prioritizes balance as opposed to exaggeration, on Tuesday was awarded the Pritzker Prize 2023, the judging panel announced.

The British architect said that he was “overwhelmed” upon learning he had been selected to receive the award that is internationally recognized as architecture’s highest honor, akin to the Nobel Prize in the field.

Award organizers cited Chipperfield’s ability to incorporate “radical restraint” into his unique architectural projects, albeit while taking account of their cultural and historical settings, noting that he was being honored for his “timeless modern design that confronts climate urgencies, transforms social relationships and reinvigorates cities.”

In his statement accepting the award, Chipperfield discussed the role of architects in the changing modern world.

“I take this award as an encouragement to continue to direct my attention not only to the substance of architecture and its meaning but also to the contribution that we can make as architects to address the existential challenges of climate change and societal inequality,” he said.

“We know that, as architects, we can have a more prominent and engaged role in creating not only a more beautiful world but a fairer and more sustainable one too. We must rise to this challenge and help inspire the next generation to embrace this responsibility with vision and courage,” Chipperfield added.

Born in London in 1953, over his career lasting more than four decades Chipperfield has completed more than 100 projects in Europe, North America and Asia, including designing outstanding public, cultural and academic buildings and venues such as Berlin’s Neues Museum, London’s Royal Academy of Arts, the DesMoines Public Library in Iowa, the Museo Jumex in Mexico City and the Procuratie Vecchie on St. Mark’s Square in Venice.

He has also participated in designing private residences and in urban planning and he his studio has offices in London, Berlin, Shanghai, Milan and the Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela.

For three decades, Chipperfield has summered in the northwestern Spanish region of Galicia and now maintains a second home there.

The British architect is the 52nd recipient of the Pritzker Architectural Prize, which he will formally receive in May in Athens, where his studio has won the contract to restore the city’s National Archaeological Museum.

EFE –/bp

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