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French Duo wins Pritzker Prize: What you need to know


Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal
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French duo Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal have been awarded the Pritzker Prize, a top honor in the field of architecture. Here is everything you need to know:

  1. The award was announced on Tuesday by Tom Pritzker, chairman of The Hyatt Foundation.

  2. The duo has been awarded the prize for their contribution to developing sustainable spaces, especially in the field of public housing.

  3. “Our work is about solving constraints and problems, and finding spaces that can create uses, emotions, and feelings,” said Jean-Philippe Vassal, 67.

  4. “We have all been forced to stay home. It has clearly made visible that living space is extremely important,” said Anne Lacaton referring to the coronavirus pandemic.

  5. Vassal and Lacton met in the late 1970s in Bordeaux while studying architecture.

  6. The award was established in 1979, and winners receive a $100,000 grant and a bronze medallion.


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