Mendes Da Rocha adds Japanese arts award to Golden Lion and Pritzker

Brazilian urbanist Paulo Mendes da Rocha has been named the architecture laureate for the 2016 Praemium Imperiale prize from the Japan Art Association.

Mendes da Rocha is best known for his buildings in São Paolo, including the Paulistano Athletics Club, but he recently completed the National Coach Museum in Lisbon – one of few projects outside of his native Brazil.

The architect was also awarded the Golden Lion for lifetime achievement at the Venice Architecture Biennale earlier this year, and in 2006 he won the Pritzker Prize.

He receives the 2016 Praemium Imperiale International Arts Award along with American filmmaker Martin Scorsese, French sculptor Annette Messager, American photographer Cindy Sherman and Latvian violinist Gidon Kremer.