Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Pritzker Prize for Architecture

French architect Jean Nouvel has been awarded the 2008 Pritzker Prize, the highest honor for architecture, for his creative experimentation and buildings that speak to their surroundings.

The annual Pritzker Prize is a good opportunity to call attention to the design field of architecture since the announcement is in the news and there is information available about the architect on line and in print. Create a lesson based on the prize winner's architectural style and philosophy of design. Plan to include a lesson next year to coincide with the announcement of that year's Pritzker Prize.

Complete information about the Pritzker Architecture Prize, past winners, etc. can be found at www.pritzkerprize.com/full_new_site/. (Also included in the Links on this blog site.)

Start a collection of Pritzker Prize winners by printing out their photo, bio and examples of their buildings to display in your classroom. This will provide inspiration to students who may be interested in becoming architects. Zaha Hadid was one of the few female architects to be recognized so she would be a good addition to a display.

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