Pritzker Architecture Prize winner designed St. Ed’s dorm

Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena has just been awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize, the honor often called the Nobel of architecture.

In 2009 Aravena designed a dormitory for St. Edward’s University, a striking building with a minimalist exterior that reveals a jewel-like courtyard lined by a four-story curtain wall of red and clear glass panels.

The dorm is the only one of Aravena’s building in the United States.


The naturally-shaded courtyard offers plenty of opportunities for social exchange. In Aravena’s student village, it’s the architecture which functions as social media.




Author: Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin is the arts critic for the Austin American-Statesman. She writes about visual art, theater, dance, music, performance, public art, architecture and just about any combination thereof.

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