Mr. Tadao Ando was born in Osaka. Self-taught in architecture and established the [Ando Tadao Architectural Research Facility] in 1969.
Some of Mr. Tadao Ando’s masterpiece 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 below are some of Mr. Tadao Ando’s life achievement and awards: 1985 Alvar Aalto Award. 1989 French Academy of Architecture Gold Medal. 1993 Japan Art Academy Price. 1995 Pritzker Prize. 1996 Takamatsu Praemium Imperiale 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 Eastern Japan Earthquake Reconstruction Design Council Acting Chair, [Peach*Persimmon Scholarship Association, Great East Japan Earthquake Orphans Scholarship funds] Executive Committee Chairman. Served as visiting professor at Yale, Columbia and Harvard University. At 1997, served as Tokyo University professor, 2003 as emeritus professor.
Mr. Tadao Ando also wrote the following books: [Talk about the architecture], [Succession of Defeat], [Ando Tadao the Architect], [Creating the job], [Tadao Ando Insight Guide, Ando Tadao and those memories], etc.