Wang Shu's "culturally sensitive and contextually responsive" work along with its stunning aesthetics are reasons he deserved this year's Pritzker Prize, writes Evan Chakroff, an architectural designer. Chakroff argues his point by analyzing the design of the Xiangshan Campus at the China Academy of Art. Work in "Phase One can be read as a grafting together of the dominant styles of China’s past," Chakroff says, and work in Phase Two was "an attempt to reconcile these two traditions in a new vernacular architecture."

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