Tadao Ando

Tadao Ando

Tadao Ando was born in 1941. He is one of the most renowned contemporary Japanese architects. Characteristics of his work include large expanses of unadorned architectural concrete walls combined with wooden or stone floors and large windows. Active natural phenomena, like sun, rain and wind are important elements of his architectural expression.

He has designed many notable buildings, including the Row House in Sumiyoshi, Osaka, 1976, for which he received the 1979 Annual Prize of Architectural Institute of Japan; the Church of the Light, Osaka, 1989; the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, St Louis, 2001; the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 2002; 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT in Tokyo, 2007; and Punta della Dogana, Venice, 2009. Among many awards he has received are: the 1989 Gold Medal of Architecture, Académie d’Architecture (French Academy of Architecture); the 1995 Pritzker Architecture Prize; the 2002 Gold Medal of the American Institute of Architects; and the 2005 Gold Medal of the International Union of Architects (uia). Has held solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art (New York, 1991) and Centre Pompidou (Paris, 1993). He is an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as the Royal Academy of Arts in London. He was a visiting professor at Yale, Columbia, Harvard and University of California, Berkeley and currently is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Tokyo. He received the 2010 Japanese Order of Culture.


Tadao Ando monograph is a publishing project made in close collaboration with Tadao Ando Architect and Associates, which presents the recent realizations of one of the greatest protagonists of Japanese and international architectural scene. 

The monograph has won several awards for design: IDA Design Awards Honorable Mention 2018 and the Gold A’ Design Award in the category A’ print and published media design award in 2018.


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