Tadao Ando

Japanese architect
In this Japanese name, the family name is Ando.

Tadao Ando is a Japanese architect. He was born in Osaka in 1941. Before he designed buildings, he had many other important experiences in his life. He became a professional boxer as a teenager and spent time in Thailand fighting. He then traveled around the world to learn about buildings. Ando became successful in the 1970s and has built buildings all over the world.

Tadao Ando
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Tadao Ando (2004)
Born (1941-09-13) September 13, 1941 (age 79)
AwardsAlvar Aalto Medal, 1985

Pritzker Prize, 1995
RIBA Royal Gold Medal, 1997

AIA Gold Medal, 2002
PracticeTadao Ando Architects & Associates
BuildingsRow House, Sumiyoshi, 1979

Church of the Light, Osaka, 1989

Water Temple, Awaji, 1991
ProjectsRokko Housing I, II, III, Kobe, 1983-1999

In 1995, Ando won the Pritzker Prize in 1995.[1]


  1. Pritzker Architecture Prize, "Tadao Ando, 1995 Laureate"; retrieved 2013-3-27.

Further readingEdit

  • Ando, (2006) Taschen Books, Masao Furuyama, ISBN 978-3-8228-4895-1.