Justice Stephen G. Breyer is stepping away from the nation’s highest court docket, however he’s nonetheless a member of one other august panel.
Justice Breyer has been serving as a juror on the panel that awards the Pritzker Prize, structure’s best honor, since 2011.
Supreme Court docket justices have usually sought to maintain their personal pursuits personal, partially to protect towards the notion that they might be biased in a single case or one other. However some have made their passions recognized: Two ideologically opposed justices, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia, bonded over their shared love of opera. (An opera, “Scalia/Ginsburg,” was even written about their relationship.)
Justice Breyer’s transfer in 2011 to start serving on the jury made clear his longstanding curiosity in buildings. Although he had by no means studied structure when he joined the panel, Justice Breyer had helped devise an appropriate design for a federal courthouse in Boston and written the foreword to a guide known as “Celebrating the Courthouse: A Information for Architects, Their Shoppers, and the Public.”
As of Thursday, the Pritzker Structure Prize’s web site nonetheless listed Justice Breyer, 83, as one among 9 jurors on its web site. And in an electronic mail, a spokeswoman for the Pritzker Prize stated: “Justice Stephen Breyer stays an energetic and valued member of the Pritzker Prize Jury, since 2011. His service and time period on the Pritzker Prize Jury is unbiased from that of his place on the U.S. Supreme Court docket.”
“The Pritzker Prize Jury consists of 5 to 9 members, who every serve for a number of years to guarantee a steadiness between previous and new members,” the spokeswoman, Eunice Kim, wrote within the electronic mail. “Jurors are acknowledged professionals in their very own fields.”
Ms. Kim famous that Justice Breyer had served because the chair of the jury for 2 years, in 2019 and 2020. When he turned chair, Tom Pritzker, the chairman of the Hyatt Basis, which sponsors the Pritzker Prize, praised his “devotion to civic-minded structure” and “his unparalleled capability to information a gaggle deliberation.”