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Gunthrie Theater Architect Receives Fields Highest Honor

Both the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press reported Jean Nouvel, the french architect who designed the Guthrie theater in Minneapolis, was awarded with his field's highest award Sunday.

The architect of the blue-clad complex in the Minneapolis mall district won the 2008 Pritzker Architecture Prize, an honor the Star Tribune likened the honor to winning the Nobel Prize.

The Star Tribune article focused first on the Guthrie Theater. Reporting that Victoria Newhouse, a judge for th honor said, "The building is theater in itself -- exciting, contextual and relates well to the city and to the [Mississippi] river."

The paper also reported that when reached by phone at his Paris office Nouvel declined to rank it or any of his other projects, but said the Guthrie was a "wonderful experience" and a "great adventure."

The Tribune article then went on to highlights Nouvel's career.

The Pioneer Press article took a different approach. The article focused on the facts of the award, including other recipients and when the formal cereminy will be.

The Pioneer Press reported Nouvel joins Frank Gehry, Tadao Ando and I.M. Pei in receiving the top honor in the field in recognition of his high-rises, museums and performance halls around the world and will receive the award in June in a ceremony at the LIbrary of Congress. His prize will be a bronze medallion and a $100,000 grant.

Nouvel told the Pioneer Press, also in a phone interview from France, the reason he believes he was chosen for the honor.

"I think they understand very well that I fight for specific architecture against generic architecture," he said. "Every project is an adventure."