The prize is the top award given to modern architects, and is normally the crowning achievement of a glorious career, rather than something that plucks an obscure designer from the mist of anonymity.
Nouvel is an interesting guy, and who am I to say who should and should notbe given what they’re given. I have to say that, as interesting as his ideas are, and sound, man-oh-man is this a pretentious interview. I was waiting for the interviewer to ask if he could give him a kiss, or put a polish on that done… (As you can see by my pick above, I need a polist too, now and then…)
Anyway… Check it out. The pic here, though you can’t see it too well, is Nouvel’s proposed design for the Abu Dhabi Louvre Museum.