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Guthrie architect wins highest honor

The French architect who designed the new Guthrie Theater has won the highest honor awarded in his profession, reports Minnesota Public Radio.

Jean Nouvel, 62, was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize Sunday in Los Angeles. Along with the bragging rights, Nouvel will receive 100-thousand dollar grant as well as a bronze medallion.

Past winners of the award include Frank Gehry and I.M. Pei.

Nouvel's design the the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, which opened in 2006, was a major factor in Nouvel's receiving of the honor. The Theater was welcomed with worldwide acclaim from the architectural community.

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