The Japan Art Association has named British architect David Chipperfield its 2013 Praemium Imperiale architecture laureate. The award recognizes lifetime achievement in the arts in categories not covered by the Nobel Prize.
Japanese culture and architecture informed much of Chipperfield’s early career, with many commissions coming directly from Japan. Influencing many of his projects is the concept of the “borrowed view,” in which the outdoor landscape becomes a critical part of the interior space. Perhaps Chipperfield’s most noted work is Berlin’s Neues Museum, a ruined mid-19th-century structure that underwent a 12-year reconstruction. His most recent project, the East Building of the Saint Louis Art Museum, opened in 2013.
Chipperfield joins past architecture laureates such as Norman Foster, Frank Gehry, and Renzo Piano. Other 2013 laureates are sculptor Antony Gormley, international opera singer Plácido Domingo, filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, and painter Michelangelo Pistoletto.
Candidates for the Praemium Imperiale are nominated by a panel of distinguished international advisors and selected by the Japan Art Association. The panel includes William Luers, former president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and an American ambassador and diplomat; former Italian prime minister Lamberto Dini; Christopher Patten, chairman of the BBC Trust and chancellor of Oxford University; Klaus-Dieter Lehmann, president of Germany’s Goethe-Institut; former French prime minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin; and Yasuhiro Nakasone, a former prime minister of Japan.