Toyo Ito

Limitations of Modernism

Image 1: Minna-no-Mori Gifu Media Cosmos

Image 2: The Taichung Metropolitan Opera House is built by the Taichung City Government, Republic of China (Taiwan)."

Toyo Ito

2013 Pritzker Prize Laureate

Toyo Ito was born in 1941. After graduating from the University of Tokyo, Department of Architecture in 1965, he worked for the Metabolist architect Kiyonori Kikutake until 1969. In 1971 he founded his own office, Urban Robot (URBOT), which was renamed Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects in 1979. He has been working on various public and private projects in Japan as well as overseas. “Sendai Mediatheque” built in 2001 is one of the most representative works and has been giving great influence to young generation architects worldwide. Many of his completed projects have been awarded national and international honors. He received the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement from the 8th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale in 2002, the Royal Gold Medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects in 2006 and the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2013. His work has been published and exhibited extensively worldwide. He has taught at several universities including Columbia University, UCLA and Kyoto University as a Visiting Lecturer.