New Exhibition Celebrates Forty Years of Architecture Innovation

Taia Pandolfi
Carnegie Museum of Art

Pittsburgh, PA—Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) announces a new exhibition to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, opening May 4.

Founded in 1979 by the Pritzker family, the international prize is awarded annually to a living architect or architects for significant contribution to the art of architecture. This exhibition contains the work of more than half of the architects who have won this prize, including the 2019 recipient, Arata Isozaki.

Influencers: The Pritzker Architecture Prize presents works spanning decades of architectural innovation and creativity, offering visitors the compelling opportunity to trace changing architecture trends over the past half-century. The exhibition features models, drawings, and photographs from the museum’s substantial architecture collection, in addition to other works from the Decorative Arts and Design and Photography collections.

A cityscape showing tall buildings and a car.

Jean Nouvel, Competition Entry: Central Berlin, 1990, photomontage with computer print on photographic paper, Carnegie Museum of Art, 1997.47. Gift of the Drue Heinz Trust. Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris.

The exhibition coincides with the museum’s summer camp program, which makes use of the Heinz Architectural Center as a place for learning and inspiration. Campers can take architecture classes and work closely with the objects on view as they use the museum as a classroom. CMOA partners with Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture to bring architecture graduate students to lead these camps.

On March 30, hear Wang Shu and Lu Wenyu, co-founders of the Amateur Architecture Studio in Hangzhou, China, give the Gold Medal Keynote lecture for the Association of Collegiate School of Architecture at Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland. Wang Shu’s work will be represented in Influencers when it opens in May.

Influencers: The Pritzker Architecture Prize is organized by Raymund Ryan, curator, Heinz Architectural Center.


General operating support for Carnegie Museum of Art is provided by The Heinz Endowments and Allegheny Regional Asset District. The programs of the Heinz Architectural Center are made possible by the generosity of the Drue Heinz Trust. Carnegie Museum of Art receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.


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