Austrian architect and designer Hans Hollein, 80, a winner of the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize whose work included big museums, tiny shops, furniture, and sunglasses, died Thursday in Vienna after a long illness, a family spokeswoman, Dorothea Apovnik, said.
Culture Minister Josef Ostermayer described Mr. Hollein as "a master architect, inspiring teacher, [and] visionary."
Mr. Hollein, who received his master of architecture degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1960, designed buildings including Frankfurt's Museum of Modern Art and Tehran's glass and ceramics museum. He won the 1985 Pritzker Prize for his work, which often included touches of fancy, such as bronze-clad palm trees in a Vienna travel agency. - AP