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.