Awarded since 1979, the Pritzker Architecture Prize is given not to a single building, but to a living architect in honor of an overall body of work to date. In the field of writing, this would be the equivalent of a Nobel (as opposed to a Pulitzer). Also like the Nobel, it’s an international prize, to be bestowed “irrespective of nationality, race, creed, or ideology.” Our goal here is to note the best American college campuses on which to view the work of these great architects.
Harvard’s eternal Ivy League rival can claim an equally impressive collection of architecture. The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library is one of the most famous commissions of Gordon Bunshaft, the Skidmore, Owings and Merrill architect who won a Pritzker in 1988 after waging a nomination campaign for himself. Yale alumnus and 1989 winner Frank O. Gehry’s Yale Psychiatric Institute is his sole building on campus. Irish-born architect Kevin Roche, who won in 1982, expanded and renovated his mentor Eero Saarinen’s David S. Ingalls Rink, known as the “Yale Whale.”