Toyo Ito
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Toyo Ito

Toyo Ito

Architects from Tokyo, Japan
Honorary Fellowship of AIA
Honorary Fellowship of RIBA
Commissioner of Kumamoto Artpolis


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

Awards and Prizes

1986 Architecture Institute of Japan awards for “Silver Hut”
1992 33rd Mainich Art 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 Accorded the Title “Academician” from The International Academy of Architecture
2000 The Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize in Architecture from American Academy of Arts and Letters
2001 Grand Prize of Good Design Award 2001 from Japan Industrial Design Promotion Organization (JIDPO) for “Sendai Mediatheque”
2002 Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement of the 8th International Architecture Exhibition NEXT at the Venice Biennale
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