Architect & Designer


Tadao Ando

Design Wing Design

Working from the theme of an architectural design rooted in the inspiration of encounters with discovery, we place the main thrust of the structure underground, in a design that created airy and graceful space aboveground. This incorporated the desire to use the power of design as a pointer in bringing forth a new cultural stronghold to intricately shape and shade the Japan of the 21st century. (Tadao Ando)


Born in Osaka in 1941. Self-educated in architecture, went on to establish Tadao Ando and Associates in 1969. Currently serves concurrently as Professor Emeritus of the University of Tokyo. Leading works include “Church of Light,” “Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth,” “Chichu Art Museum,” etc. Honored with the Architectural Institute of Japan Prize in 1979 for “Sumiyoshi Row House,” the Japan Art Academy Award in 1993, decorated for distinguished services in culture in 2003, earned the Gold Medal from the Union of International Architects (UIA) in 2005 and presented with numerous other awards and distinctions.

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