Chilean architect, Alejandro Aravena wins 2016 Pritzker Architecture Prize

Chilean architect, Alejandro Aravena wins 2016 Pritzker Architecture Prize

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AravenaAlejandro Aravena, a Chilean architect, who has focused his career on building low-cost social housing and reconstructing cities after natural disasters has been named the winner of architecture’s highest prize, the Pritzker. The architect from Santiago, received the honour at a time when Chile’s architects have been recognized for designing distinctive buildings with regional materials. Mr. Aravena is known for his creative approaches to designing affordable housing. The Pritzker Prize jury would choose an architect, who seems to work very deliberately for the people. Jury said that Mr. Aravena’s work gives economic opportunity to the less privileged, mitigates the effects of natural disasters, reduces energy consumption, and provides welcoming public space. Innovative and inspiring, he shows how architecture at its best can improve people’s lives. While many architects aim to create iconic buildings, Aravena said he was mostly concerned with the underlying purpose of a project. He is well-known in the architecture profession – he is the director of the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale and a former member of the Pritzker Prize jury.

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