Tadao Ando is a leading figure in international
architecture and design - disciplines he has perfected over the
course of his impressive career. He was initiated into the
profession in the early 1960s, and has since developed his skills
independently as his contemporary work has become increasingly
Highly regarded as an expert in his field, he has been
responsible for over 150 construction projects of various sizes in
Japan and internationally, including the Azuma building in Osaka,
Chichu Art Museum in Naoshima, the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts
in St. Louis, and the Teatro Armani in Milan.
Today, Tadao Ando is one of the most renowned
and respected architects in the world, influencing future
generations with his innovative approach to design. The
autodidactic architect is renowned for uniting Japanese design
traditions with modern Western expression and combining pure,
simple lines with geometric shapes and organic expression.
His innovative, functional designs have been a good match for
the simple Scandinavian style. The two have been intertwined over
the years as Ando has used design classics from Danish furniture
masters to accentuate his buildings and rooms. He expresses great
respect for the design approach of Hans J. Wegner in particular,
and recently created the sculptural Dream
Chair in collaboration with Carl Hansen & Son as a
tribute to Wegner.
Tadao Ando founded Tadao Ando Architects &
Associates in 1969, where his ideas on architectural design really
took root. He has since achieved international acclaim and his
original works have received prestigious awards such as the
Carlsberg Prize in 1992, the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1995,
Premium Imperiale award in 1996, and the Royal Institute of British
Architects Gold Medal in 1997.