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Toyo Ito

1941   Born in Seoul Metropolitan City
1965   Graduated from The University of Tokyo, Department of Architecture
1965-69   Worked at Kiyonori Kikutake Architect and Associates
1971   Started his own studio, Urban Robot (URBOT) in Tokyo
1979   Changed its name to Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects

Main Works

1971   Aluminium House (Kanagawa, Japan)
1976   "White U" (Tokyo, Japan)
1984   Silver Hut - house of the architect (Tokyo, Japan)
1986   Tower of Winds (Kanagawa, Japan)
1991   Yatsushiro Municipal Museum (Kumamoto, Japan)
1993   Shimosuwa Municipal Museum (Nagano, Japan)
1997   Dome in Odate (Akita, Japan)
2001   sendai mediatheque (Miyagi, Japan)
2002   Brugge Pavilion (Brugge, Belgium)
Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2002 (London, UK)
2004   Matsumoto Performing Arts Centre (Nagano, Japan)
TOD'S Omotesando Building (Tokyo, Japan)
2005   Island City Central Park GRIN GRIN (Fukuoka, Japan)
MIKIMOTO Ginza 2 (Tokyo, Japan)
2006   "Meiso no Mori" Municipal Funeral Hall (Gifu, Japan)
Hospital Cognacq-Jay (Paris, France)
VivoCity (Singapore)
2007   Tama Art University Library (Hachioji campus) (Tokyo, Japan)
2008   ZA-KOENJI PUBLIC THEATRE (Tokyo, Japan)
2009   The Main Stadium for the World Games 2009 in Kaohsiung (Kaohsiung, Taiwan R.O.C.)
2010   Torres Porta Fira (Spain)
Belle Vue Residences (Singapore)
2011   Toyo Ito Museum of Architecture, Imabari (Ehime, Japan)
Ken Iwata Mother and Child Museum, Imabari City (Ehime, Japan)
Yaoko Kawagoe Museum (Yuji Misu Memorial Hall) (Saitama, Japan)
2013   Hermes Pavilion (Basel, Switzerland)

Awards and Prizes

1986   Architectural Institute of Japan Prize for Silver Hut
1992   33rd Mainichi Arts Award for Yatsushiro Municipal Museum
1998   Ministry of Education Award for the Encouragement of Arts for Dome in Odate
1999   Japan Art Academy Prize for Dome in Odate
2000   2000 The Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize in Architecture from American Academy of Arts and Letters
Accorded the Title "Academician" from The International Academy of Architecture
2001   Grand Prize of Good Design Award 2001 from Japan Industrial Design Promotion Organization for sendai mediatheque
2002   World Architecture Awards 2002, Best Building in East Asia for sendai mediatheque
Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale for Lifetime Achievement
2003   Architectural Institute of Japan Prize for sendai mediatheque
2004   XX ADI Compasso d'Oro Award for Ripples(furniture design)
2006   Royal Gold Medal from The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
Public Building Award for "sendai mediatheque"
2008   ADI Compasso d'Oro Award for the Stand Horm 2005
6th Austrian Frederick Kiesler Prize for Architecture and the Arts
2009   Medalla de Oro from Circulo de Bellas Artes de Madrid
2010   2009 The Asahi Prize
The 22nd Praemium Imperiale in Honor of Prince Takamatsu
2012   Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale (for Japan Pavilion which he was a commissioner)
2013   The Pritzker Architecture Prize

Professional Affiliations and Civil Involvement
Honorary Fellowship of AIA
Honorary Fellowship of RIBA
Commissioner of Kumamoto Artpolis (2005-)