Blair Kamin’s Phone Call with Jean Nouvel


Following the news yesterday that Jean Nouvel won the Pritzker Prize, one of our favorite pieces associated with the announcement was on the Tribune architecture critic, Blair Kamin‘s blog, which provides a transcript of Kamin’s brief phone call with Nouvel after he’d found out he’d won. He just sounds so happy and excited. He also calls Chicago, a “territory chosen by the gods of architecture,” which makes us like him even more. Here’s a bit:

Q: How did you hear the news?

A:“The Pritzker people called me.” He spoke, he said, to Martha Thorne, the executive director of the prize and a former architecture curator of the Art Institute of Chicago. “And I was so surprised.” In previous years, he said, he thought he had a chance to win because he had recently completed major buildings and they’d been well-reviewed. But there were none last year, so “I was not waiting.”