The Pritzker Prize, born in 1979, annually recognize the work and career of an architect who demonstrates their contribution to humanity through the exercise of the art of architecture through talent, perspective and commitment to their work.
This year 2012, the Pritzker Prize was awarded in the hands of 48-year architect Wang Shu Chinese origin. He is founder and director, along with his wife since 1997, the Amateur Architecture Studio, which include works such as the Library of Wenzheng College at the University of Suzhou, Ningbo History Museum and Xiangshan Campus of Fine Arts in Hangzhou.
In the jury of the Pritzker Prize, the importance of China in the architecture and the current and future planning is emphasized.
"The fact that an architect from China has been selected by the jury, represents a significant step in recognizing the role China will play in the development of the ideals of architecture. In addition, in the coming decades China's success in the urbanization will be important for China and the world. This urbanization, like urbanization around the world, must be in harmony with local needs and culture. Unprecedented opportunities for China's urban planning and design will have to be in harmony with both long and unique traditions of the past and its future needs for sustainable development. "
Finally, on 25 May in Beijing, Wang Shu will add to the long list of architects who have won this award for international recognition as James Stirling (1981), Oscar Niemeyer (1988), Rafael Moneo (1996) and Eduardo Souto de Moura (2011), among others.