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The Japan Art Association named London-based architect David Chipperfield, Hon. FAIA, among this year's Praemium Imperiale laureates, announced Tuesday.

Chipperfield was most recently in headlines for his addition to the St. Louis Art Museum, which publicly opened in June. He also served as the director of 2012's 13th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale. His numerous projects include the Anchorage Museum in Alaska and the restoration of Berlin's Neues Museum, a project Aaron Betsky described on this site as "breathtaking."

He joins a long line of notable past recipients of this award for architecture, including Renzo Piano, Hon. FAIA, Oscar Niemeyer, Zaha Hadid, Hon. FAIA, Frank Gehry, FAIA, and Peter Zumthor.

The other four recipients of this year's award are Michelangelo Pistoletto for painting, Antony Gormley for sculpture, Plácido Domingo for music, and Francis Ford Coppola for theater and film. The award carries a 15-million yen prize, which is roughly equivalent to $151,000. The Japan Art Association has named 129 laureates in it 25-year history.

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