May 28, 2003
by Canadian Architect
Danish Architect Jorn Utzon, best known for his design of the Opera House in Sydney, Australia, has been chosen as the 2003 Laureate of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, which marks its 25th anniversary this year. His work includes housing complexes, a church, residences, and commercial buildings. Jury member Jorge Silvetti, Chair at the Department of Architecture of the Harvard Graduate School of Design stated, “[Utzon’s] work shows us that the marvellous and seemingly ‘impossible’ in architecture depend still on genial minds and able hands.” Utzon, retired on the island of Majorca, Spain, bestowed his practice to his two sons, Jan and Kim, in Haarby, Denmark. The jury for the award this year consisted of: Lord Rothschild, the late Giovanni Agnelli, Frank Gehry, Ada Louise Huxtable, Carlos Jimenez, and Jorge Silvetti. The prize is awarded annually.