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2017 Jury Members

Glenn MurcuttGlenn Murcutt

The internationally acclaimed Australian architect Glenn Murcutt (born in London, 1936) received the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2002 and has been the Chair of the Pritzker Architecture Prize Jury since 2017. He and his work have also been recognized with numerous other awards including the Alvar Aalto Medal in 1992, the Green Pin of Denmark for Architecture and Ecology in 1999, and the Gold Medal of the American Institute of Architects in 2009. Furthermore, he is an honorary member of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland and the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Glenn Murcutt studied architecture at the Sydney Technical College of the University of New South Wales. In 1969, he established his own firm. Since then—while undertaking all the design-related tasks himself—he has created an impressive oeuvre of environmentally conscious buildings of exceptional quality and vision.

Glenn Murcutt has shared his vision with countless students around the world. He holds a professorship at the University of New South Wale, and has been a visiting professor at schools such as Yale University, University of Pennsylvania, Helsinki University of Technology, Aarhus University, and many others.

Stephen BreyerStephen Breyer

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, born in San Francisco in 1938, graduated from Stanford, Oxford, and Harvard Law School. Breyer completed his clerkship at the Supreme Court and later worked at the Justice Department’s anti-trust division, as an assistant special prosecutor in the Watergate Investigation, and as both special and chief counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. In 1980 he was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and become Chief Judge in 1990. In 1994 Breyer was appointed a Supreme Court Justice by President Clinton.

Justice Breyer taught law for many years at Harvard Law School and at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He has written books and articles about administrative law, economic regulation, and most recently authored Making Democracy Work; A Judge’s View, a book about the U.S. Constitution. Breyer has always had a special interest in architecture: he helped oversee the design and construction of the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse and Harbor Park in Boston and wrote the foreword to Celebrating the Courthouse: A Guide for Architects, Their Clients, and the Public.

André Aranha Corrêa do LagoAndré Aranha Corrêa do Lago

A Brazilian diplomat since 1983, André Corrêa do Lago is the current Brazilian Ambassador to Japan, and has previously held positions within the Brazilian Embassies in Madrid, Prague, Washington, D.C., Buenos Aires, and at the Brazilian Mission to the European Union, in Brussels.

He is also a recognized architectural critic and was the curator of the Brazilian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale of Architecture (2014), and the exhibition "Brazilian architecture seen by great photographers" at the Tomie Ohtake Institute, São Paulo (2013); and co-curator of "Encore moderne? Architecture brésilienne: 1928-2005" at the Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine, Paris (2005-2006).

Mr. Corrêa do Lago is a member of the International Council of the Museum of Modern Art, and a council member of the Oscar Niemeyer Foundation. Published works include Ainda moderno?: Arquitetura Brasileira Contemporânea, coauthored with Lauro Cavalcanti (2005); Oscar Niemeyer: Uma Arquitetura da Sedução. Bei Editora (2009); and Arquitetura Brasileira Vista por Grandes Fotógrafos (2014); and numerous articles in journals and online publications.

 

Peter PalumboLord Peter Palumbo

Peter Palumbo (Lord Palumbo of Walbrook), patron of the arts and architecture, is the former Chair of the Pritzker Architecture Prize Jury. He is currently Chairman of the Trustees of the Serpentine Gallery, one of London’s most respected galleries for modern and contemporary art, and a former trustee of the Natural History Museum in London. Lord Palumbo served as a trustee of the Tate Gallery from 1978 until 1985, and was chairman of the gallery's foundation between 1986 and 1987.

He was Chairman of the Arts Council of Great Britain from 1988 until 1993. He has been a trustee of the Mies van der Rohe Archive, Museum of Modern Art, New York and also of the Whitechapel Art Gallery of London. He was the former Chancellor of the University of Portsmouth. A member of the House of Lords, Baron Palumbo, of Walbrook in the City of London was appointed a life peer in 1991. He attended Eton College and Worcester College, Oxford, and received a Masters degree in law.

Richard Rogers

Richard Rogers — the 2007 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate — is a foremost advocate of architecture and urbanism that creates livable cities, improves the public realm, and cares for the environment. He founded his practice — Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (formerly Richard Rogers Partnership) — in 1977 in London and has offices in Sydney and Shanghai. It is known for such pioneering buildings as the Centre Pompidou (with Renzo Piano), the headquarters for Lloyd’s of London, the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, and the Millennium Dome in London.

The practice has designed major urban master planning schemes in London, Lisbon, Berlin, New York, and Shanghai. It is participating in the Greater Paris project, to look at the future of the city as it faces the social and environmental challenges of the 21st century.

Richard Rogers received the RIBA Gold Medal in 1985, the 1999 Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Medal, the 2000 Praemium Imperiale, and the 2006 Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement (at La Biennale di Venezia). He was awarded the Légion d’Honneur in 1986, knighted in 1991, made a life peer in 1996, and a Companion of Honour in 2008.

Wang ShuWang Shu

Wang Shu – the 2012 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate – is Dean of the Architecture School at China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, and co-founder of the Amateur Architecture Studio, which he established with his partner and wife, Lu Wenyu, in 1997.

Mr. Wang’s works incorporate cultural traditions, craft skills and spontaneous elements throughout. This unique combination of traditional understanding, experimental building tactics and intensive research defines the basis for the Amateur Architecture Studio’s projects.

He was awarded the German Schelling Architecture Prize in 2010 together with Lu Wenyu, and the Gold Medal from the French Academy of Architecture in 2011.

 

Benedetta TagliabueBenedetta Tagliabue

Benedetta Tagliabue of Barcelona, Spain is director of the acclaimed international architecture firm EMBT Miralles Tagliabue, founded in 1994 in collaboration with Enric Miralles, based in Barcelona and, since 2010, in Shanghai. Among her most notable built projects are the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, Diagonal Mar Park, and the Santa Caterina Market in Barcelona, Campus Universitario de Vigo, and the Spanish Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo.

Tagliabue’s poetic architecture, always attentive to its context, has won international awards in the fields of public space and design, including the RIBA Stirling Prize in 2005, the National Spanish Prize in 2006, and the Catalan National Prize in 2002. Born in Italy, she studied architecture at the Istituto di Architettura di Venezia (IUAV). Benedetta Tagliabue teaches, lectures, and is the director of the Enric Miralles Foundation, whose goal is to promote experimental architecture in the spirit of her late husband and partner Enric Miralles.

Ratan N. TataRatan N. Tata

Ratan N. Tata of Mumbai, India, is the Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons, the holding company of the Tata Group. He was Chairman from 1991 until his retirement in 2012. He was responsible for transforming Tata Sons into a group strategy think-tank, and a promoter of new ventures in high technology businesses. Tata serves on the board of directors of Alcoa and on the international advisory boards of Mitsubishi Corporation, JPMorgan Chase, Rolls-Royce, Temasek Holdings, and the Monetary Authority of Singapore. He serves on the board of trustees of the University of Southern California and Cornell University.

Tata received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell in 1962. He completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 1975. Tata is the Chairman of two of the largest philanthropic trusts in India and has received numerous international honors for his philanthropy. Through Tata Group’s Education and Development Trust, he established a $25 million endowment at Cornell to provide financial aid to undergraduates from India, with preference given to students in the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, among others.

Martha ThorneMartha Thorne
Executive Director

Martha Thorne has been Executive Director of the Pritzker Architecture Prize since 2005. In that capacity she works closely with the jury; however, she does not vote in the proceedings. Currently she is Dean at IE School of Architecture in Madrid, Spain. She served as Associate Curator of the Department of Architecture at The Art Institute of Chicago from 1996 to 2005. She is the editor and author of several books, including The Pritzker Architecture Prize: The First Twenty Years, and author of numerous articles for architectural journals and encyclopedias. Ms. Thorne received a Master of City Planning degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Affairs from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She undertook additional studies at the London School of Economics.