U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer joined the Pritzker Architecture Prize Jury in 2011 and serves as the current Chair.
Born in San Francisco in 1938, he 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.
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.
Kazuyo Sejima, born in Ibaraki, Japan, received the 2010 Pritzker Architecture Prize alongside Ryue Nishizawa, both co-founders of Toyko-based SANAA, which opened in 1995. She is a professor at Polytechnic University of Milan; University of Applied Arts Vienna; Keio University, Tokyo; Yokohama Graduate School of Architecture Y-GSA; and a visiting professor at Japan Women's University, Tokyo.
Ms. Sejima was appointed as the Director of the 12th Venice Architecture Biennale in 2010, and was named Japan Institute of Architects’ Young Architect of the Year in Japan in 1992. She has taught at various institutions including Princeton University and Polytechnique de Lausanne. She opened Kazuyo Sejima & Associates in Tokyo in 1987, and joined the office of 2013 Pritzker Laureate Toyo Ito upon completing her architectural studies at Japan Woman’s University in 1981.
Her own works include House in Plum Grove (Tokyo) and Inujima Art House Project (Okayama). Notable works of SANAA consist of the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art (Kanazawa), the Rolex Learning Center (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne), the Louvre-Lens, and Grace Farms (New Canaan).
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.
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.
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.
J. Carter Brown, 1979-2002 (Chair)
Director, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Lord Clark of Saltwood, 1979-1982
Author and Art Historian
Cesar Pelli, 1979-1982
Dean, School of Architecture, Yale University
Arata Isozaki, 1979-1984
2019 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate
J. Irwin Miller, 1979-1984
Chairman, Executive Committee, Cummins Engine Company, Inc.
Philip Johnson, 1981-1985
1979 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate
Thomas J. Watson Jr., 1982-1986
Chairman Emeritus, IBM Corporation
Kevin Roche, 1983-1991
1982 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate
Giovanni Agnelli, 1984-2003
Fumihiko Maki, 1985-1988
1993 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate
Ricardo Legorreta, 1985-1993
Ada Louise Huxtable, 1987-2005
Author and Critic
Lord Rothschild, 1987-2004 (Chair, 2003-2004)
Chairman, Board of Trustees, National Gallery of Great Britain
Toshio Nakamura, 1991-1999
Frank O. Gehry, 1993-1995, 2003-2006
1989 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate
Charles Correa, 1993-1998
Jorge Silvetti, 1996-2004
Chairman, Department of Architecture,
Harvard University, Graduate School of Design
Carlos Jiménez, 2001-2011
Ruth Carter Stevenson Chair, Rice University
Rolf Fehlbaum, 2004-2010
Karen Stein, 2004-2012
Writer, Editor, Critic
Balkrishna Doshi, 2005-2007
Architect and Planner
2018 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate
Victoria Newhouse, 2005-2008
Architectural Historian and Author
Founder and Director of the Architectural History Foundation
Lord Peter Palumbo, 2005-2018 (Chair, 2005-2016)
Art and Architectural Patron
Chairman Emeritus of the Trustees of the Serpentine Gallery
Shigeru Ban, 2006-2009
Professor of Architecture
2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate
Renzo Piano, 2006-2011
1998 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate
Juhani Pallasmaa, 2009-2014
Alejandro Aravena, 2009-2015
Architect and Executive Director of ELEMENTAL S.A.
2016 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate
Glenn Murcutt, 2011-2018 (Chair, 2017-2018)
2002 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate
Yung Ho Chang, 2012-2017
Architect and Educator
Zaha Hadid, 2012
2004 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate
Kristin Feiress, 2013-2017
Architecture Curator, Writer and Editor
Ratan N. Tata, 2014-2019
Chairman, Tata Trusts
Richard Rogers, 2015-2019
2007 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate
Carleton Smith, 1979-1984 (Secretary to the Jury)
Chairman, International Awards Foundation
Arthur Drexler, 1979-1986 (Consultant to the Jury)
Director, Architecture and Design,
Museum of Modern Art New York
Brendan Gill, 1985-1987 (Secretary to the Jury)
Writer and Critic, The New Yorker
Stuart Wrede, 1987-1988 (Acting Consultant to the Jury)
Acting Director, Architecture and Design,
Museum of Modern Art New York
Bill N. Lacy, 1988-2005 (Executive Director)
President, State University of New York at Purchase