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Tadao Ando Architect & Associates (安藤忠雄建築研究所)

Office Location

5-23 Toyosaki 2-Chome
Kita-ku, Osaka, Japan


Tel: 06-6375-1148


Annual Prize (1979)
Cultural Design Prize (1983)
Alvar Aalto Medal (1985)
Gold Medal of Architecture (1989)
Carlsberg Architectural Prize (1992)
Japan Art Academy Prize (1993)
Pritzker Architecture Prize (1995)
Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (1995)
Praemium Imperiale First “FRATE SOLE” Award in Architecture (1996)
Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (1997)
Royal Gold Medal (1997)
AIA Gold Medal (2002)
UIA Gold Medal (2005)
Order of Cultural Merit (2010)


Tadao Ando was born in Osaka, Japan on September 13, 1941. His career started off as a professional boxer, but he found his interest in architecture as he worked part time for a design firm. He is a self-educated architect who learned and found his own style of architecture by travelling, mostly in Europe, Africa, and the United States. He is unique in the sense that he has never received any professional training in the field, yet has worked himself up to the likes of Louis Kahn and Le Corbusier. He founded his office in 1969, and is currently Japan’s most recognized and respected architect.

Ando is well known for his exposed concrete design, as well as the integration of nature within his works. He focuses on blending in his work without disturbing the surroundings, and seeks “to create a space where people can live, think and create.” In one of his novel, Ando states that he was heavily influenced by the works of Le Corbusier, yet reiterate that he “interprets it in his own fashion”, signifying the importance of filtering what he perceives through his own experiences.

Selected Works

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth – Texas, USA (2002)

Church of Light – Osaka, Japan (1989)

4×4 HOUSE I, II – Osaka, Japan (2003)

Osaka Prefectural Sayamaike Museum – Osaka, Japan (2001)

Maritime Museum Building – Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE (2008-current)

Written by Seita Goto

September 1, 2011 at 6:23 pm

Posted in Architects

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