Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, founders of SANAA, were announced as the 2022 Architecture category winners of the Praemium Imperiale Award granted by The Japan Art Association.
In the words of The Japan Art Association: «The Praemium Imperiale is a global arts prize awarded annually by the Japan Art Association. Since its inauguration in 1988, it has become a mark of the arts. Six nomination committees, each chaired by an International Advisor, propose candidates in five fields: Painting, Sculpture, Architecture, Music and Theatre/Film.»
The winners of the other categories of the 2022 Award Praemium Imperiale Award include Giulio Paolini (Painting), Ai Weiwei (Sculpture), Krystian Zimerman (Music), and Wim Wenders (Theatre/ Film)
Sejima and Nishizawa join a list of relevant architects who received this recognition in the past like Glenn Murcutt (2021), Tod Williams & Billie Tsien (2019), Christian de Portzamparc (2018), Rafael Moneo (2017), Paulo Mendes da Rocha (2016), Dominique Perrault (2015), Steven Holl (2014), David Chipperfield (2013), among others.
SANAA will receive 15 million yen ($105,000 Usd.) as part of the award. A special ceremony will be celebrated in Tokyo to recognize all the winners by Japan’s Prince Hitachi.