American architect Steven Holl, whose best-known projects include the Glasgow School of Art extension and the Linked Hybrid towers in Beijing, is one of five laureates of this year's Praemium Imperiale awards, which are given in the fields of painting, sculpture, architecture, music and theatre/film.
The other winners include French artist Martial Raysse, Italian sculptor Giuseppe Penone and Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, as well as South-African playwright Athol Fugard, who becomes the first African winner since the award's conception in 1989.
Each laureate receives a prize of 15 million yen (£86,000), a diploma and a medal, which will be presented by the Japan Art Association at a ceremony taking place in Tokyo on 15 October.
Holl started his New York practice in 1976, after studying in Washington, Rome and London. His first international commission was the housing project Void Space/Hinged Space Housing, Fukuoka, which came at the invitation of Japanese architect Arata Isozaki. He received the AIA Gold Medal in 2012.
British architect David Chipperfield was last year's architecture laureate, while past winners include the late Henning Larsen, Tadao Ando, Alvaro Siza and Zaha Hadid.
Photograph is by Mark Heitoff.