Mr. Tadao Ando was born in Osaka. Self-taught in architecture, he established the “Ando Tadao Architectural Research Facility” in 1969.
Some of Mr. Ando’s masterpieces consist of “Rokko Housing Complex”, “Church of Light”, “Fabrica (Benetton Art School)”, “Pulitzer Art Museum”, “Chichu Art Museum”, “Omotesando Hills (Aoyama Dojunkai Apartment Rebuilding Plan)”, “Punta Della Dogana” and “Shanghai Baoli Theater”.
In 1979, “Row House In Sumiyoshi” earned him the architectural institute of Japan Award. Following are some of Mr. Ando’s life achievements and awards: 1985 Alvar Aalto Award; 1989 French Academy of Architecture gold medal; 1993 Japan art academy prize; 1995 Pritzker Prize; 1996 Takamatsu Premium Imperial Award; 2002 AIA gold medal; Kyoto Award; 2003 cultural contributor; 2005 UIA ‘Union Of International Architects) gold medal; Rejiondonu le medal (Chevallier); 2006 Environmental conservation merit; 2010 JFK Center Arts gold medal; Shinpei Goto Award, order of culture; 2013 France Medal Of Arts; 2015 Order Of Merit Of The Italian Republic Grande Uficha – Les Chapter.
2011 Vice Chairman of Reconstruction Design Council in response to the Great East Japan Earthquake. Chairman of the Committee, Momo-Kaki Orphans Fund (re-established after the Great East Japan Earthquake, to collect funds to provide aid and encouragement for the children).
Taught as a visiting professor at Yale University, Columbia University, and Harvard University. Professor at the University of Tokyo since 1997. Professor Emeritus of the University of Tokyo since 2003.
Also an author of many books published in English, such as «Tadao Ando: Complete Works», «Tadao Ando : The Colours of Light» and «Tadao Ando 1: Houses & Housing (English and Japanese Edition)».