Frank O. Gehry has won countless awards in the course of his long career, including the 1989 Pritzker Prize and the Golden Lion for lifetime achievement at the 11th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice in 2008; he may now add the 2014 Prince of Asturias Award to the list.
On May 7th it was announced that the American architect had won in the Arts section of the prestigious Spanish award. The winners in the other categories will be announced in May and June, and the awards ceremony will be held in the autumn of 2014.
This is not the first time that the Prince of Asturias Award, considered the Spanish equivalent to the Nobel Prize, has been awarded to an architect: before Frank O. Gehry awards had been presented to Rafael Moneo (2012), Norman Foster (2009), Santiago Calatrava (1999), Francisco Javier Sáenz de Oiza (1993) and Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer (1989).
In awarding the prize to Frank O. Gehry, the jury emphasised that the American architect’s buildings are characterised by virtuous interaction of complex forms and use of innovative materials. Buildings such as the Bilbao Guggenheim Museum have a strong economic, social and urban impact on their surroundings.
Image's Frank O.Gehry courtesy of Fundación Príncipe De Asturias - ph. Alexandra Cabri
Museo Guggenheim Bilbao images courtesy of Museo Guggenheim Bilbao