After graduating from the University of Tokyo in 1965, Toyo Ito worked in the office of Kiyonori Kikutake until 1969. In 1971, he founded his own office Urban Robot (URBOT), which was renamed Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects.

He is the recipient of many awards, including Royal Gold Medal from The Royal Institute of British Architects, The 22nd Praemium Imperiale in Honor of Prince Takamatsu, Golden Lion for Best National Participation for the Japan Pavilion from the 13th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale (served as Commissioner), The Pritzker Architecture Prize, etc.

Among his best-known buildings are Sendai Mediatheque (Japan), Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2002 (UK), Tama Art University Library (Hachioji campus, Japan), Torres Porta Fira (Spain), Toyo Ito Museum of Architecture, Imabari (Japan), National Taiwan University, College of Social Sciences (Taiwan R.O.C.), ‘Minna no Mori’ Gifu Media Cosmos (Japan), National Taichung Theater (Taiwan R.O.C.), etc.

He has been energetically dedicated to reconstruction activity after the Great East Japan Earthquake. He initiated the project, “Home-for-All”, which is a communal hut for people who are affected by tsunami, to gather and communicate with each other, and 16 “Home-for-All”s were built. After the earthquake in Kumamoto in April 2016, he has been working on the “temporary housing with Home-for-All” as Commissioner of Kumamoto Artpolis.

He established a small private architectural school “ITO JUKU” in 2011 to foster young and talented architects for the age and society to come. In Omishima where his museum “Toyo Ito Museum of Architecture, Imabari” is, he is engaged in the development of the island with ITO JUKU students and the local residents.

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After graduating from the University of Tokyo in 1965, Toyo Ito worked in the office of Kiyonori Kikutake until 1969. In 1971, he founded his own office Urban Robot (URBOT), which was renamed Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects.

He is the recipient of many awards, including Royal Gold Medal from The Royal Institute of British Architects, The 22nd Praemium Imperiale in Honor of Prince Takamatsu, Golden Lion for Best National Participation for the Japan Pavilion from the 13th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale (served as Commissioner), The Pritzker Architecture Prize, etc.

Among his best-known buildings are Sendai Mediatheque (Japan), Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2002 (UK), Tama Art University Library (Hachioji campus, Japan), Torres Porta Fira (Spain), Toyo Ito Museum of Architecture, Imabari (Japan), National Taiwan University, College of Social Sciences (Taiwan R.O.C.), ‘Minna no Mori’ Gifu Media Cosmos (Japan), National Taichung Theater (Taiwan R.O.C.), etc.

He has been energetically dedicated to reconstruction activity after the Great East Japan Earthquake. He initiated the project, “Home-for-All”, which is a communal hut for people who are affected by tsunami, to gather and communicate with each other, and 16 “Home-for-All”s were built. After the earthquake in Kumamoto in April 2016, he has been working on the “temporary housing with Home-for-All” as Commissioner of Kumamoto Artpolis.

He established a small private architectural school “ITO JUKU” in 2011 to foster young and talented architects for the age and society to come. In Omishima where his museum “Toyo Ito Museum of Architecture, Imabari” is, he is engaged in the development of the island with ITO JUKU students and the local residents.