ARCHITECTURE: And The Pritzker Goes To…

Japanese Architect Toyo Ito has been named as the 2013 laureate of the Pritzker Architecture Prize. Meet the talented Architect, through some of his most celebrated work.

 Text: Mary Giatra


The Pritzker Prize is presented annually to a living architect, in recognition of contributions to both humanity and the built environment through architecture. In a ceremony on May 29th, Ito will receive the prestigious bronze medallion along with a $100,000 prize.

Toyo Ito, who is based in Tokyo, has received numerous international awards for his unique approach to architectural design. His works include TOD’S Omotesando Building in Tokyo,  Sendai Mediatheque, Tama Art University Library in Tokyo and Za-Koenji Public Theatre in Tokyo. He is also the sixth Japanese Architect to receive the award – the first five being the late Kenzo Tange in 1987, Fumihiko Maki in 1993, Tadao Ando in 1995, and the team of Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa in 2010.

Toyo Ito

The Architect made this comment in reaction to winning the award, that has come to be known throughout the world as Architecture’s highest honor: “Architecture is bound by various social constraints. I have been designing architecture bearing in mind that it would be possible to realize more comfortable spaces if we are freed from all the restrictions even for a little bit. However, when one building is completed, I become painfully aware of my own inadequacy, and it turns into energy to challenge the next project. Probably this process must keep repeating itself in the future. Therefore, I will never fix my architectural style and never be satisfied with my works”.

Sendai Mediatheque, 1995-2000, Japan

TOD’S Omotesando Building, 2002-2004, Tokyo, Japan

Za-Koenji Public Theatre, 2005-2008, Tokyo, Japan

Tama Art University Library, 2004-2007, Tokyo, Japan

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, 2002, London, UK