Toyo Ito named 2013 Pritzker Prize Laureate.

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Toyo Ito, Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate, 2013
Photo by Yoshiaki Tsutsui

Japanese architect Toyo Ito has been awarded the 2013 Pritzker Architecture Prize, the industry's highest honor. Acknowledged for being a “creator of timeless buildings,” the Pritzker Jury cites Ito for “infusing his designs with a spiritual dimension and for the poetics that transcend all his works.” [Call me a chair nerd, but the Series 7 Chair is the perfect choice for his Pritzker portrait.]

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Architect: Toyo Ito. Tama Art University Library (Hachiōji campus), 2004—2007, Hachioji-shi, Tokyo, Japan. Photo by Tomio Ohashi

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Architect: Toyo Ito. Tama Art University Library (Hachiōji campus), 2004—2007, Hachioji-shi, Tokyo, Japan. Photo by Tomio Ohashi

With a portfolio of work that includes libraries, houses, shops, office buildings, parks and theaters, the 71-year-old architect is celebrated for "seeking to extend the possibilities of architecture," writes the jury. "A professional of unique talent, he is dedicated to the process of discovery that comes from seeing the opportunities that lie in each commission and each site.”

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Architect: Toyo Ito. TOD’S Omotesando Building, 2002—2004, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan. Photo by Nacasa & Partners Inc.

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Architect: Toyo Ito. TOD’S Omotesando Building, 2002—2004, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan. Photo by Nacasa & Partners Inc.

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Architect: Toyo Ito. TOD’S Omotesando Building, 2002—2004, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan. Photo by Nacasa & Partners Inc.

The formal ceremony will be at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, Massachusetts on Wednesday, May 29 (which is also JFK's birthday). The JFK Library was designed by Ieoh Ming Pei, who received the Pritzker prize in 1983.

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Architect: Toyo Ito. Meiso no Mori Municipal Funeral Hall, 2004—2006, Kakamigahara-shi, Gifu, Japan

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Architect: Toyo Ito. Meiso no Mori Municipal Funeral Hall, 2004—2006, Kakamigahara-shi, Gifu, Japan

The Pritzker Architecture Prize was founded in 1979 by the late Jay A. Pritzker and his wife, Cindy, to "honor annually a living architect whose built work demonstrates a combination of those qualities of talent, vision and commitment, which has produced consistent and significant contributions to humanity and the built environment through the art of architecture."

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Architect: Toyo Ito. Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, 2002, London, U.K.

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Architect: Toyo Ito. Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, 2002, London, U.K.

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Architect: Toyo Ito. Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, 2002, London, U.K.

The laureates receive a $100,000 grant and a bronze medallion. Previous winners include Frank Gehry and Paulo Mendes da Rocha.