Jorn Utzon, the creator of perhaps the world's most famous 20th-century building -- the billowing Sydney Opera House -- has been selected to receive the 2003 Pritzker Architecture Prize, the profession's most prestigious international award.
"Utzon created one of the great iconic buildings of the 20th century, an image of great beauty known throughout the world," commented Lord Rothschild, Pritzker Prize jury chairman. "In addition to this masterpiece," Rothschild continued in the official announcement released today, "he has worked throughout his life fastidiously, brilliantly, quietly and with never a false or jarring note."
Utzon, 84, described as "in frail health," will not be present when the prize is presented next month in Madrid. His two sons, Jan and Kim Utzon, both architects, will accept the $100,000 award in his stead.