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Hangzhou architect clinches top US award
Created: 2012-2-29 17:46:29

HANGZHOU architect Wang Shu has been named winner of the prestigious 2012 Pritzker Architecture Prize.

Wang, 49, the first Chinese architect to win the United States honor, will receive a US$100,000 grant and a bronze medallion at a ceremony in Beijing on May 25.

The selection of Wang is an acknowledgment of "the role that China will play in the development of architectural ideals," said Thomas Pritzker, chairman of the Hyatt Foundation, which sponsors the prize and announced the winner on Monday.

The prize was founded in 1979 by Jay Pritzker and his wife to honor a living architect whose work demonstrates a combination of talent, vision and commitment.

Wang is a professor and Dean of the Architecture School at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou and his buildings have been praised for honoring the past with salvaged materials used in modern buildings.

"I felt lonely when exploring in architecture in the past years, despite of the support from the school and some young architects," he said. "Persistence and hard work will finally reward you."

In 1997, Wang and his wife, Lu Wenyu, founded their professional practice in Hangzhou, naming it "Amateur Architecture Studio."

By the year 2000, he had completed his first major project, the Library of Wenzheng College at Suzhou University.

His major projects include the Ningbo Contemporary Art Museum, the Ningbo History Museum, the Xiangshan Campus of the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, and houses in Ningbo, which have won recognition in the Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction in the Asia Pacific region.

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