Pritzker prize’s double payoff: Fame for Chinese architect, possible brand boost for Hyatt
This April 22, 2012 photo shows Ningbo History Museum, one of Chinese architect Wang Shu’s most famous works, in Ningbo, in eastern China’s Zhejiang province. When Wang accepts his field’s richest prize in a ceremony Friday, May 25, 2012, at the seat of China’s legislature, a symbolic second winner will be waiting in the background - Hyatt Hotels. (Photo: Associated Press)
When architect Wang Shu accepts his field’s richest prize in a ceremony Friday at the seat of China’s legislature, a symbolic second winner will be waiting in the background — Hyatt Hotels.
The Pritzker Architecture Prize has special resonance for communist leaders who want to promote China as a global cultural power. Receiving it made Wang a celebrity in China. Until now, the 49-year-old had been little known outside architecture circles.