pritzker prize winner wang shu: the work of amateur architecture studio
feb 28, 2012
pritzker prize winner wang shu: the work of amateur architecture studio


library of wenzheng college, 1999-2000, suzhou, china

image © lu wenyu
all images courtesy of the pritzker prize foundation

wang shu of the hangzhou-based firm amateur architecture studio has been announced by thomas j. pritzker, chairman of the hyatt foundation,
as the 2012 pritzker prize architecture laureate. born on november 4, 1963 in the city of urumqi in the xinjiang province of china,
the 49 year old is the first architect to receive the award from his nation. he acquired his bachelor of science and then masters degree from
the nanjing institute of technology in 1988 and a ph.d. from tongji university in 2000. from 1990 to 1998, wang shu worked for
craftsman to gain experience by learning everything involved in the construction of buildings through the renovations of old structures.

along with his wife lu wenyu, they co-founded the amateur architecture studio in 1997, bringing forward their personal critique of the
architecture profession in their country. his disapproval of the destruction of urban areas and therefore history as well as rapid developing
of rural areas became central to his design approach. an executed example of this mindset is the ningbo historic museum, where he used
recycled materials found near the site to fuse memories of the past into the modern day construct.


library of wenzheng college, 1999-2000, suzhou, china

image © lu wenyu

his work process experiences three phases, initial encounters with clients, construction detailing of the project and then
the introduction and acceptance of the finished product by users. the forms emerge first from introspective thought,
then drawings and follows with discussion to reach final stages. maintaining a handcrafted aesthetic is of great importance,
adding soul and humanizing his structures.


ningbo contemporary art museum, 2001-2005, ningbo, china

image © lu wenyu


ningbo contemporary art museum, 2001-2005, ningbo, china

images © lu wenyu


vertical courtyard apartments, 2002-2007, hangzhou, china

image © lu wenyu


vertical courtyard apartments, 2002-2007, hangzhou, china

image © lu wenyu


xiangshan campus, china academy of art, phase i, 2002-2004, hangzhou, china
image © lu wenyu


xiangshan campus, china academy of art, phase i, 2002-2004, hangzhou, china
image © lu wenyu


xiangshan campus, china academy of art, phase i, 2002-2004, hangzhou, china

image © lu wenyu


xiangshan campus, china academy of art, phase ii, 2004-2007, hangzhou, china

image © lv hengzhong


xiangshan campus, china academy of art, phase ii, 2004-2007, hangzhou, china

image © lv hengzhong


ningbo history museum, 2003-2008, ningbo, china

image © lv hengzhong


ningbo history museum, 2003-2008, ningbo, china

image © lv hengzhong


ningbo history museum, 2003-2008, ningbo, china

image © lv hengzhong


ningbo history museum, 2003-2008, ningbo, china

image © lv hengzhong


ningbo history museum, 2003-2008, ningbo, china

image © lv hengzhong


ceramic house, 2003-2006, jinhua, china

image © lv hengzhong


ceramic house, 2003-2006, jinhua, china

image © lv hengzhong


five scattered houses, 2003-2006, ningbo, china

image © lang shuilong


five scattered houses, 2003-2006, ningbo, china

image © lang shuilong


tiled garden, 2006, 10th venice biennale of architecture, venice, italy

image © lu wenyu


tiled garden, 2006, 10th venice biennale of architecture, venice, italy

image © lu wenyu


ningbo tengtou pavilion, shanghai expo, 2010, shanghai, china

image © lu wenyu


ningbo tengtou pavilion, shanghai expo, 2010, shanghai, china

image © lu wenyu


ningbo tengtou pavilion, shanghai expo, 2010, shanghai, china

image © lu wenyu

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