Moshe Safdie has won the 2019 Wolf Prize for Architecture, an award given out about every three years by the Wolf Foundation.
The Israeli nonprofit gives out six prizes annually for agriculture, arts, chemistry, mathematics, medicine, and physics. The arts award recognizes a winner in either painting, music, sculpture, or architecture.
Recent winners for architecture include Phyllis Lambert, Eduardo Souto de Moura, David Chipperfield, and Peter Eisenman.
The award citation praised Safdie’s “career motivated by the social concerns of architecture and formal experimentation,” and recognized Montreal’s Habitat ’67 along with “the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, the Harvard Rosovsky Hall in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Exploration Place in Wichita, Kansas, the National Library of Israel and the Yad Vashem Holocaust History Museum in Jerusalem.”
Much of the Safdie Architects‘ current work comprises large-scale residential towers that formally echo Habitat’s modularity on a much larger scale.
Winners of Wolf Prizes receive $100,000.