No. 44 . 04 April 2001 
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Herzog and de Meuron Pritzker Prize

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They have been friends since childhood, went to architecture school together, over 20 years ago formed a professional partnership, and on April 2, 2001 became the first team to win the Pritzker Prize together.

Architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron of Basel, Switzerland, have just received this most prestigious of architectural honors, considered the profession's Nobel Prize, for "significant contributions to humanity and the built environment through the art of architecture."

With offices totaling 120 people in Basel, London, Munich, and San Francisco, the pair have won international critical acclaim for their work and are both in high demand as lecturers.

In the jury's citation, Herzog and de Meuron are said to combine "the artistry of an age-old profession with the fresh approach of a new century's technical capabilities. Both architects' roots in European tradition are combined with current technology in extraordinarily inventive architectural solutions to their clients' needs."

Herzog draws parallels between their work and that of artist Andy Warhol: "He used common Pop images to say something new. That is exactly what we are interested in: to use well known forms and materials in a new way so that they become alive again ... We love to destroy the clichés of architecture."  

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