Architect. Born in 1941. Self-educated in architecture. Established Tadao Ando Architect & Associates in 1969. Professor at the University of Tokyo from 1997. Became a professor emeritus in 2003 and special university professor in 2005. Has received numerous awards, including the Architectural Institute of Japan Prize, Alvar Aalto Medal (Finland), Japan Art Academy Award, Pritzker Architecture Prize (USA), Praemium Imperiale (Japan), American Institute of Architects Gold Medal (USA), and International Union of Architects Gold Medal. Awarded the Order of Culture (Japan) in 2010.