SPACE November 2023 (No. 672)
David Chipperfield ©Yoon Hyeonki
David Chipperfield, the laureate of the 2023 Pritzker Architecture Prize (hereinafter Pritzker Prize), recently visited Korea to deliver a lecture and to open the special exhibition, ʻBuilding, Beautyʼ to commemorate his award. On the 26th of September, SPACE met with David Chipperfield at the Amorepacific headquarters, which he designed, to discuss winning the Pritzker Prize, his architectural philosophy, and his experiences in Korea.
The Meaning of the Pritzker Prize
In March this year, David Chipperfield was selected as the 52nd recipient of the Pritzker Prize. Since the inaugural award to Philip Johnson in 1979, the criteria that has informed the selection of the Pritzker Prize awardees has evolved in response to the pressing social and architectural issues of the day. Recent laureates include Alejandro Aravena (2016) from Chile, known for his social housing projects, Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara (2020), the first female co-winners and architects from Ireland, Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal (2021), known for their ecological renovations, and Francis Kéré (2022) from Africa; all of whom have been selected for their engagement with social issues, such as sustainability, locality, ethics, and marginalised identities. (The multiple awa...