In 1994, he became the very first French architect to win the Pritzker Prize. He was also the first ever to take up the Collège de France’s 53rd seat for creative creation in 2006. He examined on the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, where his professors motivated his interest for formal expressionism and organized focus on grids and systems. His function included the French Embassy in Berlin, the head office from the French press group Le Monde, as well as the Philharmonie in Luxembourg. His birthplace of Casablanca, Morocco, was still a French protectorate when he was created in 1944. His wife, Elizabeth, was also an architect. He and Le Corbusier had been both famous French architects.