Swiss architect draws global distinction.

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Swiss architect Peter Zumthor scooped up the 2009 Pritzker Prize, the highest honour an architect can receive and architectural equivalent of the Nobel Prize, as reported by the New York Times.

The 65-year-old Haldenstein resident was selected this year's winner by a nine-member jury of his peers. Zumthor isn't widely known outside of architectural circles, but within them, he's a "legendary figure" according to the British Royal Academy of Arts. Lending to his uniqueness is his strict adherence to his own vision and insistence on total involvement in any project he decides to take on.

"He develops buildings of great integrity--untouched by fad or fashion. Declining a majority of the commissions that come his way, he only accepts a project if he feels a deep affinity for its programme, and from the moment of commitment, his devotion is complete, overseeing the project's realisation to the very last detail," said the citation published by...

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