Rafael Moneo adds Praemium Imperiale to his trophy cabinet

Rafael Moneo

Source: Praemium Imperiale Japan Art Association

Rafael Moneo

Rafael Moneo has named winner of the 2017 Praemium Imperiale, architecture’s richest prize.

The 80-year-old Spanish architect will receive the 15 million yen prize (£102,000) and a gold medal from Prince Hitachi, younger brother of the current emperor and honorary patron of the Japan Art Association, at a ceremony in Tokyo on October 18.

Previous winners of the architecture prize include Zaha Hadid, David Chipperfield, Norman Foster, Frank Gehry and Renzo Piano.

The prize celebrates lifetime achievement in areas not recognised by the Nobel Prize.

His schemes have included the Madrid Atocha Railway Station (1992), the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels (2002) in Los Angeles and the Prado Museum Extension (2007) in Madrid.

His awards include the Pritzker Architecture Prize back in 1996 and the RIBA Royal Gold Medal seven years later.