Toyo Ito was born on June 1, 1941 in Keijo (Seoul), Korea (Japanese).
He began working in the firm of Kiyonori Kikutake & Associates after he graduated from Tokyo University’s Department of Architecture in 1965.
By 1971, he was ready to start his own studio in Tokyo, and named it Urban Robot (Urbot).
In 1979, he changed the name to Toyo Ito & Associates.
He has received numerous international awards, including in 2010, the 22nd Praemium Imperiale in Honor of Prince Takamatsu; in 2006, The Royal Institute of British Architects’ Royal Gold Medal; and in 2002, the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement for the 8th Venice Biennale International Exhibition.
He has been a guest professor at the University of Tokyo, Columbia University, the University of California, Los Angeles, Kyoto University, Tama Art University, and in the spring semester of 2012, he hosted an overseas studio for Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, the first in Asia.
In 2013, Ito was awarded the Pritzker Prize, one of architecture's most prestigious prizes.