Peter Zumthor has been named the Japanese Art Association's Premium Imperiale architecture laureate for 2008.
Announcing this year's laureates, acting chairman of the Japan Art Associations, Hisashi Hieda, said: "20 years ago, the Japan Art Association established the Praemium Imperiale to honour artists whose work has touched and inspired people across the globe."
Last year Zumthor completed the Kolumba Museum in Cologne, Germany, which received rave reviews. His other works include the Shelter for Ruins in Chur, Switzerland and Kunsthaus Bregenz in Bregenz, Austria in 1997 which won him the Carlsberg Architecture Prize.
Past recipients of the award include Jaques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, Oscar Niemeyer, Norman Foster, Jean Nouvel, Rem Koolhaas, Richard Rogers, Renzo Piano, James Stirling and Frank Gehry.
By staff writer.