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Arata Isozaki
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Arata Isozaki in 1976
Born (1931-07-23) 23 July 1931 (age 89)[1]
Oita, Japan
Alma materUniversity of Tokyo (1954)
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Arata Isozaki in 1996
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Arata Isozaki (磯崎 新, Isozaki Arata; born 23 July 1931) is a Japanese architect, urban designer, and theorist[3] from Ōita. He was awarded the RIBA Gold Medal in 1986 and the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2019.


Isozaki was born in Oita on the island of Kyushu and grew up in the era of postwar Japan.[3]

Isozaki completed his schooling at the Oita Prefecture Oita Uenogaoka High School (erstwhile Oita Junior High School). In 1954, he graduated from the University of Tokyo where he majored in Architecture and Engineering. This was followed by a doctoral program in architecture from the same university.[1] Isozaki also worked under Kenzo Tange before establishing his own firm in 1963.[1]

Isozaki's early projects were influenced by European experiences with a style mixed between "New Brutalism" a "Metabolist Architecture" (Oita Medical Hall, 1959-1960), according to Reyner Banham. His style continued to evolve with buildings such as the Fujimi Country Club (1973–74) and Kitakyushu Central Library (1973–74). Later he developed a more modernistic style with buildings such as the Art Tower of Mito (1986–90) and Domus-Casa del Hombre (1991-1995) in Galicia, Spain. The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles, completed in 1986, was his first international project and his best known work in the U.S.[3] In 2005, Arata Isozaki founded the Italian branch of his office, Arata Isozaki & Andrea Maffei Associates. Two major projects from this office include: the Allianz Tower CityLife office tower, a redevelopment project in the former trade fair area in Milan, and the new Town Library in Maranello, Italy.[4]

Despite designing buildings both inside and outside Japan, Isozaki has been described as an architect who refuses to be stuck in one architectural style, highlighting "how each of his designs is a specific solution born out of the project’s context."[5] Isozaki won the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2019.[6]


  • Annual Prize, Architectural Institute of Japan in 1967 and 1975[7]
  • Mainichi Art Award in 1983
  • RIBA Gold Medal in 1986[7]
  • International Award "Architecture in Stone" in 1987
  • Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in 1988
  • Chicago Architecture Award in 1990
  • Honor Award, the American Institute of Architects in 1992
  • RIBA Honorary Fellow in 1994
  • Golden Lion, 6^ Venice Biennale of Architecture in 1996
  • The ECC Award in 2012 for his Venice installation Zhongyuan.[8][9]
  • Pritzker Prize in 2019[7]


Notable works[edit]

Current projects[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Goodwin, Dario. "Spotlight: Arata Isozaki". ArchDaily. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  2. ^ Allen, Katherine. "Arata Isozaki Named 2019 Pritzker Prize Laureate". ArchDaily. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  3. ^ a b c Qin, Amy (Mar 9, 2019). "The man who fused east and west: Arata Isozaki wins Pritzker Prize in architecture". Independent. Retrieved Jun 26, 2019.
  4. ^ Musei: Architetture 1990-2000. ISBN 978-8871791999.
  5. ^ Leardi, Lindsey. "Arata Isozaki on "Ma," the Japanese Concept of In-Between Space". ArchDaily. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  6. ^ Allen, Katherine. "Arata Isozaki Named 2019 Pritzker Prize Laureate". ArchDaily. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "2019 Pritzker Architecture Prize Media Kit" (PDF). Pritzker Architecture Prize. The Hyatt Foundation. March 2019. Archived (PDF) from the original on March 7, 2019. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  8. ^ "ECC AWARD". Archived from the original on 2017-07-17. Retrieved 2017-07-11.
  9. ^ "Time-Space-Existence in Venice". Archived from the original on 2018-04-21. Retrieved 2017-07-11.
  10. ^ a b "AD Classics: Museum of Modern Art, Gunma / Arata Isozaki". ArchDaily.
  11. ^ L. Munuera, Ivan. "An Organism of Hedonistic Pleasures: The Palladium." Log, 41. Fall 2017
  12. ^ Frearson, Amy. "Qatar National Convention Centre by Arata Isozaki". Dezeen. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  13. ^ "D38 Office / Arata Isozaki". ArchDaily.
  14. ^ "ALLIANZ Tower / Arata Isozaki + Andrea Maffei". ArchDaily. Retrieved 4 March 2019.

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