2019 Pritzker Prize Laureate

Oita Prefectural Library

Arata Isozaki, a native son of Oita City, has been awarded the 2019 Pritzker Architecture Prize. The 2019 Jury Citation states “Possessing a profound knowledge of architectural history and theory, and embracing the avant-garde, he never merely replicated the status quo, but his search for meaningful architecture was reflected in his buildings that to this day, defy stylistic categorizations, are constantly evolving, and always fresh in their approach.”

Isozaki's work is found around the world and also in Oita including the Oita Prefectural Library, which has been re-fashioned as an art gallery, Beppu's B-CON Plaza and Yufuin Railway Station building.