Architecture: President Obama to speak at tonight's Pritzker Prize ceremony in Washington
The winner of this year's Pritzker Prize, Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura, is not especially well known, even in design circles. But one guest at Thursday night's Pritzker ceremony in Washington qualifies as a bold-faced name in any context: Barack Obama.
The reason for the president's attendance? Primarily his friendship with Penny Pritzker, a member of the Chicago family that funds the prize and who was also finance chairwoman of Obama's 2008 campaign.
-- Christopher Hawthorne
Photo: Paula Rego Museum in Cascais, Portugal, by Eduardo Souto de Moura. Credit: Luis Ferreira Alves