Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena has won the 2016 Pritzker Architecture Prize, the Pritzker jury announced on Wednesday. Aravena, who served on the Pritzker jury from 2009-2015, has been lauded for work with his firm, Elemental, that benefits people with many needs but little by way of means. Aravena won the Silver Lion for a Promising Young Architect at the 2008 Venice Biennale for his Quinta Monroy Housing in Iquique, Chile, and the Venice Biennale further rewarded Aravena by appointing him as curator for its 2016 edition

Elemental, which comprises Alejandro Aravena, Gonzalo Arteaga, Juan Cerda, Victor Oddó, and Diego Torres, is a self-described "Do Tank" that was founded in 2001 in Santiago, Chile. With Elemental, Aravena has developed a methodology of community engagement, which he described in a 2014 Ted Talk entitled "My Architectural Philosophy? Bring the Community into the Process" (video after the break). 

Aravena is the 41st laureate to receive the Pritzker Prize. Previous winners include Frei Otto (posthumously, in 2015); Shigeru Ban, Hon. FAIA (2014); Toyo Ito, Hon. FAIA (2013); Wang Shu (2012); Eduardo Souto de Moura, Hon. FAIA (2011); and Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa (2010).

For more information and images on Alejandro Aravena's work, visit ARCHITECT's Project Gallery.


Quinta Monroy Housing

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Quinta Monroy Housing

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Location:Iquique, Chile Size:5,025 sq. meters Style:Urban, Modern

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Post-Tsunami Sustainable Reconstruction Plan of Constitución

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Post-Tsunami Sustainable Reconstruction Plan of Constitución

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Location:Constitución, Chile Project Status:
On the boards/In progress

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Siamese Tower

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Siamese Tower

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Location:Santiago, Chile Size:5,000 sq. meters

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Universidad Católica de Chile Innovation Center

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Universidad Católica de Chile Innovation Center

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Location:Santiago, Chile Size:8,176,000 sq. meters Type:Institutional

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Universidad Católica de Chile Medical School

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Universidad Católica de Chile Medical School

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Location:Santiago, Chile Size:96,875 sq. feet Type:Education

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Universidad Católica de Chile Mathematics School

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Universidad Católica de Chile Mathematics School

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Location:Santiago, Chile Size:21,528 sq. feet Type:Education

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Bicentennial Children's Park

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Bicentennial Children's Park

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Location:Santiago, Chile Size:1,800 sq. meters Type:Community

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Calama PLUS

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Calama PLUS

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Location:Calama, Chile Scope:New Construction Type:Mixed Use, Infrastructure, Planning

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Casa Ocho Quebradas

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Casa Ocho Quebradas

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Location:Los Vilos, Chile Size:290 sq. meters Type:Single Family

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Cultural Center of Constitución

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Cultural Center of Constitución

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Location:Constitución, Chile Size:830 sq. meters Type:Cultural, Community

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House of Writing

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House of Writing

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Location:Montricher, Switzerland Project Status:On the Boards/In Progress Type:Single Family

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Human Museum Park

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Human Museum Park

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Location:Santiago, Chile Sizes:26 sq. meters Type:Cultural

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Las Cruces Lookout Point

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Las Cruces Lookout Point

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Location:Jalisco, Mexico Size:148 sq. meters Type:Cultural

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Metropolitan Promenade

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Metropolitan Promenade

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Location:Santiago, Chile Project Status:On the Boards/In Progress Type:Cultural, Community

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Novartis Campus

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Novartis Campus

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Location:Shanghai Project Status:On the Boards/In Progress Type:Office

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Constitución Seaside Promenade

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Constitución Seaside Promenade e

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Location:Constitución, Chile Type:Cultural, Community

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For more information and images on Alejandro Aravena's work, visit ARCHITECT's Project Gallery.

Alajandro Aravena's Ted Talk: My Architectural Philosophy? Bring the Community into the Process, is below:

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