Toyo Ito

Design Critic in Architecture

Toyo Ito graduated from the University of Tokyo, Department of Architecture in 1965. In 1971, he established his own office Urban Robot, which was renamed Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects in 1979.

Main works: Sendai Mediatheque, Tama Art University Library (Hachioji campus), Torres Porta Fira (Spain), Toyo Ito Museum of Architecture, Imabari, National Taiwan University, College of Social Sciences (Taiwan R.O.C.), etc.

Under development: Minna-no-Mori Gifu Media Cosmos, National Taichung Theater (Taiwan R.O.C.), etc.

Awards and Prizes: Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement from the 8th International Architecture Exhibition “NEXT” at the Venice Biennale, Royal Gold Medal from The Royal Institute of British Architects, The 22nd Praemium Imperiale in Honor of Prince Takamatsu, Golden Lion for Best National Participation for the Japan Pavilion from the 13th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale (served as Commissioner), The Pritzker Architecture Prize, etc.

He has been energetically dedicated to reconstruction activity after the Great East Japan Earthquake. He initiated the project, “Home-for-All”, which is a communal hut for people who are affected by tsunami, to gather and communicate with each other. Twelve “Home-for-All”s have been completed by February 2015 and three more are ongoing. He established a small private architectural school “ITO JUKU” in 2011 to foster young and talented architects for the age and society to come. The courses include Exclusive Course for ITO JUKU Students and Architecture School for Children, which is a first attempt in Japan. Through these activities, he sought to network the relationship between architecture and human beings as well as between architecture and nature in a comprehensive manner.