2019 pritzker laureate Arata Isozaki dies aged 91

Post-war Japanese architect Arata Isozaki dies aged 91

Arata IsozakiAward-winning Japanese architect 46th Pritzker PrizeHe passed away on December 29, 2022 at the age of 91. The post-war Japanese architect has been praised for his forward-thinking approach, deep commitment to the ‘art of space’ and his transnational methodology since the 1960s. Their work has helped create a dialogue between East and West by reinterpreting the global influences in architecture and supporting the development of younger generations in this field.


Portrait of Arata Isozaki (main image: floating objects revive arata isozaki’s original concrete building – read Here)

Image courtesy of the Pritzker Architecture Prize

life of arata isozaki

Arata Isozaki graduated from the University of Tokyo in 1954 and began her career as an apprentice to 1987 Pritzker laureate Kenzo Tange. Arata Isozaki & Associates in 1963, after the allied occupation ended, as the country regained sovereignty and World War II.

2019 pritzker laureate Arata Isozaki dies aged 91
Allianz Tower — designed with andrea maffei | read more about the project Here

Image courtesy of Alessandra Chemollo

Isozaki’s avant-garde approach is fluid. His method adjusts to the needs and influences of each setting through an interrelated concept of time and form called ‘ma’. The results are buildings that look geometrically simple yet infused with theory and purpose. Through comprehensive intercultural and interdisciplinary solutions that reflect deep sensitivity to specific contextual, environmental and societal needs, the connection between global universality and local identity can be identified in their designs.

2019 pritzker laureate Arata Isozaki dies aged 91
Lucerne Festival Ark Nova — designed with anish kapoor | read more about the project Here

Image courtesy of Iwan Baan

2019 pritzker laureate Arata Isozaki dies aged 91
Qatar National Convention Center

Image courtesy of Hisao Suzuki

2019 pritzker laureate Arata Isozaki dies aged 91
Shanghai Symphony Hall, Shanghai, China (2008-2014)

Image courtesy of Chen Hao

2019 pritzker laureate Arata Isozaki dies aged 91
Ceramic Park Mino, Gifu, Japan (1996-2002)

Image courtesy of Hisao Suzuki

2019 pritzker laureate Arata Isozaki dies aged 91
Domus: La Casa Del Hombre, A Coruna, Spain (1993-1995)

Image courtesy of Hisao Suzuki

2019 pritzker laureate Arata Isozaki dies aged 91
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA (1981-86)

Image courtesy of Yasuhiro Ishimoto

2019 pritzker laureate Arata Isozaki dies aged 91
Ōita Prefectural Library, Ōita, Japan (1962-66)

Image courtesy of Yasuhiro Ishimoto

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