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Spanish architect handed special birthday present

Spanish architect handed special birthday present
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The 32nd Asturias Arts award was a double celebration for the winner Spanish architect, Jose Moneo. He received the honour on the day he turned 75.

There were 39 nominations from 25 different countries for the prestigious and acclaimed award which is presented to someone in the field of the arts who has made a significant contribution to the cultural heritage of humanity.

Rafael Moneo, who was born in the Navarra region of Spain studied in Madrid and won the Pritzker prize for architecture in 1996.

One of his latest works is the extension to the Prado Museum in Madrid which was started in 2001 and completed in 2007. He is well known in the United States of America among the most prominent of his designs are the Cathedral of the Angels in Los Angeles and the Davis Art Museum in Massachusetts.

He divides his professional life into two areas, teaching and architectural practice. He is a strong believer in the importance of creating lasting monuments to society and is one of the most important figures in Spanish architecture.

He now joins the list of winners for the Asturias Arts award who include Bob Dylan and the British architect, Norman Foster.

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