Tadao Ando (1941) is acknowledged as one of the most important Japanese architects and one of the greatest representatives of the minimalist current in contemporary architecture.
Ando had various careers, including professional boxer, before he became a self-taught architect and opened his own practice in Osaka in 1969.
He taught at the University of Tokyo and has lectured at Yale, Harvard and Columbia Universities.
Notable awards include the Gold Medal of Architecture, Academie d'Architecture (1989); The Pritzker Architecture Prize (1995); Gold Medal of the American Institute of Architects (2002), and Gold Medal of Union Internationale des Architectes (2005).
Ando is an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as the Royal Academy of Arts in London.