Pritzker Prize, officially The Pritzker Architecture Prize prĭt´skər [key], award for excellence in architecture, given annually since 1979. Largely modeled on the Nobel Prize , it is the premier architectural award in the United States and is named for the family that founded the prize it is awarded by the Chicago-based Hyatt Foundation. Philip Johnson was the first architect to be awarded the prize other winners include James Stirling , I. M. Pei , Richard Meier , Oscar Niemeyer Soares , Frank Gehry , Robert Venturi , Rafael Moneo , Renzo Piano , Norman Foster , Rem Koolhaas , Zaha Hadid (the first female recipient), Richard Rogers , and Jean Nouvel . See the table entitled Pritzker Architecture Prize Recipients for a list of the architects who have been awarded the prize.
See study by M. Thorne (1999).
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