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International architect Sou Fujimoto has been awarded the fifth Marcus Prize, an architectural prize offered worldwide to recognize architects of great significance. This award, supported by the Marcus Corporation Foundation and administered by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning, includes a cash prize to the recipient and supports a design studio at the school that will be collaboratively led by Fujimoto. He was selected from a pool of international nominees, all who were required to demonstrate at least ten years of proven, exceptional practice
The jury concluded that “Sou Fujimoto’s work is expertly crafted. His work can’t be categorized. He is unique, one of a kind, and he will no doubt make a significant contribution to the school and the city of Milwaukee through his ability to inspire the collective imaginations of the community.”
Fujimoto, based in Tokyo, Japan, is the recipient of several international awards and the youngest architect ever to be selected to design the Serpentine Gallery Summer Pavilion in London.
Serpentine Pavilion Sou Fujimoto 2013 – Detail 1
Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2013 – Detail 2
Considered a master of delicate structures, his work focuses on light, material and human experience, uniting simplicity with complexity and transcending a wide range of scale from furniture through architecture to landscape and urbanism. According to jury member David Marcus, “It is exciting to see an architect the caliber of Sou Fujimoto sharing his talents with Milwaukee and UW-Milwaukee’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning.”