LOS ANGELES – Brazilian architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha, renowned for designing bold, open structures that blend with their surroundings, was named the winner of the 2006 Pritzker Architecture Prize on Sunday. Mendes da Rocha, 78, is the second Brazilian architect to receive the prestigious award, which is sponsored by the family that developed the Hyatt Hotel chain. Oscar Niemeyer was honored in 1988. Other past winners include Frank Gehry of California, Rafael Moneo of Spain and Renzo Piano of Italy. “I am very surprised, very honored by the award,” Mendes da Rocha said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press from his Sao Paulo home. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventA formal ceremony will be held next month in Istanbul, Turkey. Mendes da Rocha will receive a bronze medallion and a $100,000 grant.