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Ceremony Video to Honor 2021 Laureates, Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal

September 2, 2021

The Pritzker Architecture Prize announces a special ceremony video to honor 2021 Laureates, Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal, which will be released on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at 10am EDT, viewable on the website pritzkerprize.com and social media channels.

“We are at a point in the history of architecture where the question of inhabiting becomes an essential subject. We do this by constructing the conditions for freedom through space, in a positive and open relationship with the climate, and by starting from the existing, without ever demolishing anything. This is the essence of our work,” expresses Vassal during his acceptance of the Pritzker Prize.

Lacaton follows, “Demolition has become a short-term solution, an easy decision as well as a mode of urban generation. It is even a means for recycling. Yet demolition is irreversible. Any demolition destroys a vast quantity of information, knowledge, layers, materials and memories. Life takes a long time to establish and to grow.”

Ceremony speakers filmed their remarks remotely, from locations around the world, offering landscapes from the Andes Mountains to the Rockies, from cities to seas, and from private and public spaces spanning Asia, Europe, and North and South Americas. Viewers will travel to built works by Lacaton and Vassal, from the rooftop of Frac Grand Large—Hauts-de-France (Dunkerque, France), a waterfront building featuring galleries for contemporary art, public installations and regional programming that underscores the architects’ commitment to “never demolish”; to Palais de Tokyo (Paris, France), which became the largest center of contemporary art in Europe, upon the 2012 transformation by the architects that maximized functionality and redeemed the pre-existing.

“Much of their built work calls us to be alert to the time in which we are living. It is to the peripheral and the marginal that we are called to serve. Lacaton and Vassal are surely amongst our most distinguished guides, devoted as they have been for many decades to the welfare and emotional well-being of those for whom they create housing with compassion and aesthetic beauty” says Tom Pritzker, Chair of Hyatt Foundation, which sponsors the award.

“Such unpretentious architectural language may be the reason why their buildings encourage unexpected instead of predefined functions,” comments Alejandro Aravena, Jury Chair. “To be humble does not mean to be shy. Actually, a rather bold and self-confident character is required for subtle operations. And this may be one of the most delicate balances that Lacaton and Vassal’s architecture has been able to achieve - their careful yet straightforward approach to the built environment.”

Jurors Barry Bergdoll, a Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University, curator and author, New York, United States; Deborah Berke, architect and Dean of Yale School of Architecture, New York, United States; Stephen Breyer, U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Washington, D.C.; André Corrêa do Lago, architectural critic, curator, and Brazilian Ambassador to India, Delhi; Kazuyo Sejima, architect, educator and 2010 Pritzker Laureate, Tokyo, Japan; Benedetta Tagliabue, architect, Barcelona, Spain; and Wang Shu, architect, educator, and 2012 Pritzker Laureate, Hangzhou, China, lend their insights into this year’s selection.

From the Fort of Bregançon, a presidential residence located in the south of France in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic, addresses the Laureates, “Each time, you have bet on openness. You have breathed life into your spaces, making them altruistic, bright, delicate. You remind us, as if it were necessary, that architecture will always be a political form of art, a social art that designs the way we live, that invents or reinvents a certain way of using the world, that reinvents the way we live in places, the way we move, the way we create society…”

2020 Laureates, Shelley McNamara and Yvonne Farrell, deliver a special tribute from the reading room of the Irish Architectural Archive, founded in 1976 to preserve the largest body of native and historic architectural books, drawings and photographs, housed in a Georgian era building. “It is important for the world to know that people like you exist. It’s important for us,” states Farrell. “It is your philosophical position, your highly intelligent understanding of situations, your seemingly modest solutions, that make you leaders. Your architectural strategies are both delicate and robust, which help us see solutions that are inventive, that lead to renewed ways of thinking, to renewed ways of making.”

Available to the public, this video marks the second pre-filmed ceremony in the 43-year history of the Prize, following the 2020 ceremony. Previously, ceremonies have been held in-person throughout sixteen countries on four continents, spanning North and South America to Europe to the Middle East to Far East Asia, at architecturally and historically significant venues throughout the world including UNESCO World Heritage sites, palaces, Heads of State residences and unfinished or new buildings. Each location pays homage to the architecture of other eras and/or works by previous Laureates of the Prize.

Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal are the 49th and 50th Laureates of the Pritzker Architecture Prize.

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Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal
Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal

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Images for Download

The following are images of the architecture of Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal.

These images may be downloaded and distributed only in relation to the announcement of Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal being named the 2021 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureates.

The photographer/photo libraries/artists must be credited if noted.

All images are copyright of the respective photographers and artists cited, and courtesy of the Pritzker Architecture Prize.

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Captions for these images are in the 2021 Image Book, available here.
Download the 2021 Media Kit here.

Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal
Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal, photo courtesy of Laurent Chalet
Latapie House
Latapie House, photo courtesy of Philippe Ruault
Latapie House
Latapie House, photo courtesy of Philippe Ruault
Latapie House
Latapie House, photo courtesy of Philippe Ruault
Latapie House
Latapie House, photo courtesy of Philippe Ruault
Cap Ferret House
Cap Ferret House, photo courtesy of Lacaton & Vassal
Cap Ferret House
Cap Ferret House, photo courtesy of Lacaton & Vassal
Cap Ferret House
Cap Ferret House, photo courtesy of Lacaton & Vassal
House in Bordeaux
House in Bordeaux, photo courtesy of Philippe Ruault
House in Bordeaux
House in Bordeaux, photo courtesy of Philippe Ruault
École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Nantes
École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Nantes, photo courtesy of Philippe Ruault
École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Nantes
École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Nantes, photo courtesy of Philippe Ruault
École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Nantes
École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Nantes, photo courtesy of Philippe Ruault
École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Nantes
École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Nantes, photo courtesy of Philippe Ruault
53 Units, Low-Rise Apartments, Social Housing
53 Units, Low-Rise Apartments, Social Housing, photo courtesy of Philippe Ruault
53 Units, Low-Rise Apartments, Social Housing
53 Units, Low-Rise Apartments, Social Housing, photo courtesy of Philippe Ruault
53 Units, Low-Rise Apartments, Social Housing
53 Units, Low-Rise Apartments, Social Housing, photo courtesy of Philippe Ruault
Transformation of 100 Units, Tour Bois le Prêtre, Social Housing (with Frédéric Druot)
Transformation of 100 Units, Tour Bois le Prêtre, Social Housing (with Frédéric Druot), photo courtesy of Philippe Ruault
Transformation of 100 Units, Tour Bois le Prêtre, Social Housing (with Frédéric Druot)
Transformation of 100 Units, Tour Bois le Prêtre, Social Housing (with Frédéric Druot), photo courtesy of Philippe Ruault
Site for Contemporary Creation, Phase 2, Palais de Tokyo
Site for Contemporary Creation, Phase 2, Palais de Tokyo, photo courtesy of Philippe Ruault

 

Site for Contemporary Creation, Phase 2, Palais de Tokyo
Site for Contemporary Creation, Phase 2, Palais de Tokyo, photo courtesy of Philippe Ruault
Site for Contemporary Creation, Phase 2, Palais de Tokyo
Site for Contemporary Creation, Phase 2, Palais de Tokyo, photo courtesy of Philippe Ruault
129 Units, Ourcq-Juarès Student and Social Housing
129 Units, Ourcq-Juarès Student and Social Housing, photo courtesy of Philippe Ruault
129 Units, Ourcq-Juarès Student and Social Housing
129 Units, Ourcq-Juarès Student and Social Housing, photo courtesy of Philippe Ruault
129 Units, Ourcq-Juarès Student and Social Housing
129 Units, Ourcq-Juarès Student and Social Housing, photo courtesy of Philippe Ruault
FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais
FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais, photo courtesy of Philippe Ruault
FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais
FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais, photo courtesy of Philippe Ruault
FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais
FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais, photo courtesy of Philippe Ruault
FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais
FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais, photo courtesy of Philippe Ruault
Multipurpose Theater
Multipurpose Theater, photo courtesy of Philippe Ruault
Multipurpose Theater
Multipurpose Theater, photo courtesy of Philippe Ruault
Multipurpose Theater
Multipurpose Theater, photo courtesy of Philippe Ruault
Multipurpose Theater
Multipurpose Theater, photo courtesy of Philippe Ruault
Multipurpose Theater
Multipurpose Theater, photo courtesy of Philippe Ruault
Transformation of G, H, I buildings, Grand Parc, 530 Units, Social Housing (with Frédéric Druot and Christophe Hutin)
Transformation of G, H, I Buildings, Grand Parc, 530 Units, Social Housing (with Frédéric Druot and Christophe Hutin), photo courtesy of Philippe Ruault
Transformation of G, H, I buildings, Grand Parc, 530 Units, Social Housing (with Frédéric Druot and Christophe Hutin)
Transformation of G, H, I Buildings, Grand Parc, 530 Units, Social Housing (with Frédéric Druot and Christophe Hutin), photo courtesy of Philippe Ruault
Transformation of G, H, I buildings, Grand Parc, 530 Units, Social Housing (with Frédéric Druot and Christophe Hutin)
Transformation of G, H, I Buildings, Grand Parc, 530 Units, Social Housing (with Frédéric Druot and Christophe Hutin), photo courtesy of Philippe Ruault
Transformation of G, H, I buildings, Grand Parc, 530 Units, Social Housing (with Frédéric Druot and Christophe Hutin)
Transformation of G, H, I Buildings, Grand Parc, 530 Units, Social Housing (with Frédéric Druot and Christophe Hutin), photo courtesy of Philippe Ruault
Residential and Office Building
Residential and Office Building, photo courtesy of Philippe Ruault
Residential and Office Building
Residential and Office Building, photo courtesy of Philippe Ruault
Residential and Office Building
Residential and Office Building, photo courtesy of Philippe Ruault

Ceremony Videos

Below are links to view ceremony videos for the Pritzker Architecture Prize.
These videos, featuring full-length and highlight reels, are also available by
visiting the individual Laureate sections.

 

Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara
2020 Laureates
Online Ceremony
Ceremony videos

 

Arata Isozaki
2019 Laureate
Château de Versailles, Versailles, France
Ceremony videos

 

Balkrishna Doshi
2018 Laureate
Aga Khan Museum, Toronto, Canada
Ceremony videos

 

Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta
2017 Laureates
State Guest House, Akasaka Palace, Tokyo, Japan
Ceremony videos

 

Alejandro Aravena
2016 Laureate
United Nations Headquarters, New York, New York
Ceremony videos

 

Frei Otto
2015 Laureate
The New World Center, Miami Beach, Florida, USA
Ceremony videos

 

Shigeru Ban
2014 Laureate
The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Ceremony videos

 

Toyo Ito
2013 Laureate
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum,
Boston, Massachusetts
Ceremony videos

 

Wang Shu
2012 Laureate
The Great Hall of the People, Beijing, 
The People’s Republic of China
Ceremony videos

 

Eduardo Souto de Moura
2011 Laureate
The Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, Washington D.C.
Ceremony videos

 

Kazuyo Sejima & Ryue Nishizawa
2010 Laureates
Immigration Museum, Ellis Island, New York Bay
Ceremony videos

 

Peter Zumthor
2009 Laureate
Palace of the Buenos Aires City Legislature,
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Ceremony videos
 

Jean Nouvel
2008 Laureate
The Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Ceremony videos

 

Richard Rogers
2007 Laureate
Banqueting House, Whitehall Palace, London, United Kingdom
Ceremony videos

 

Paulo Mendes da Rocha
2006 Laureate
Dolmabahçe Palace, Istanbul, Turkey
Ceremony videos


Thom Mayne
2005 Laureate
Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Chicago, Illinois
Ceremony videos


Zaha Hadid
2004 Laureate
State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
Ceremony videos


Jørn Utzon
2003 Laureate
Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando, Madrid, Spain
Ceremony videos


Glenn Murcutt
2002 Laureate
Michelangelo’s Campidoglio, Rome, Italy
Ceremony videos

 

Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron
2001 Laureates
Monticello, Charlottesville, Virginia
Ceremony videos


Rem Koolhaas
2000 Laureate
Jerusalem Archaeological Park, Israel
Ceremony videos


 
 
 
 

Norman Foster
1999 Laureate
Altes Museum, Berlin, Germany
Ceremony videos

 

Renzo Piano
1998 Laureate
The White House, Washington, D.C.
Ceremony videos

 

Sverre Fehn
1997 Laureate
The construction site of the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain
Ceremony videos

 

Rafael Moneo
1996 Laureate
The construction site of the Getty Center, Los Angeles, California
Ceremony videos

 

Tadao Ando
1995 Laureate
Grand Trianon and the Palace of Versailles, France
Ceremony videos

 

Christian de Portzamparc
1994 Laureate
The Commons, Columbus, Indiana
Ceremony videos

 

Fumihiko Maki
1993 Laureate
Prague Castle, Czech Republic
Ceremony videos

 

Alvaro Siza
1992 Laureate
Harold Washington Library Center, Chicago, Illinois
Ceremony videos

 

Robert Venturi
1991 Laureate
Palacio de Iturbide, Mexico City, Mexico
Ceremony videos

 

Aldo Rossi
1990 Laureate
Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy
Ceremony videos

 

Frank Gehry
1989 Laureate
Todai-ji Buddhist Temple, Nara, Japan
Ceremony videos

 

Gordon Bunshaft &
Oscar Niemeyer
1988 Laureates
Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois
Bunshaft ceremony videos
Niemeyer ceremony videos

 

Kenzo Tange
1987 Laureate
Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas
Ceremony videos

 

Gottfried Böhm
1986 Laureate
Goldsmiths’ Hall, London, United Kingdom
Ceremony videos

 

Hans Hollein
1985 Laureate
Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
San Marino, California
Ceremony videos

 

Richard Meier
1984 Laureate
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Ceremony videos

 

I.M. Pei
1983 Laureate
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York
Ceremony videos

 

Kevin Roche
1982 Laureate
Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois
Ceremony videos

 

James Stirling
1981 Laureate
National Building Museum, Washington, D.C.
Ceremony videos

 

Luis Barragán
1980 Laureate
Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C.
Ceremony videos

 

Philip Johnson
1979 Laureate
Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C.
Ceremony videos

Archive

The Pritzker Architecture Prize, founded in 1979, seeks to maintain many of the documents, images, videos, and other materials related to its history. If you have a specific query about rights and reproductions or other media-related questions, please contact Director of Communications Eunice Kim. For all other inquiries, please contact Executive Director Manuela Lucá-Dazio.

Archive - Richard Rogers
Terminal 4, Madrid Barajas Airport, Madrid, Spain, 2005, Richard Rogers