Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena has just been awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize, the honor often called the Nobel of architecture.

In 2009 Aravena designed a dormitory for St. Edward’s University, a striking building that’s minimalist exterior reveals a striking courtyard lined by a four-story curtain wall of red and clear glass panels.

The naturally-shaded courtyard offers plenty of opportunities for social exchange — in Aravena’s student village, it’s the architecture which functions as social media.