TOTO's Cultural Activities in Architecture & Design
TOTO has been engaged in social contribution activities centered on architecture, design, and water-use, which constitute the aspects of everyday life and culture that are closely associated with the company’s operations as a manufacturer of a wide range of household fixtures and appliances. TOTO GALLERY·MA and TOTO Publishing are two vehicles for TOTO’s cultural activities that were launched with the principal aim of nurturing and enhancing the culture of architecture.

TOTO GALLERY·MA is a gallery specializing in architecture and design that is located in Nogizaka, Tokyo. The gallery has been devoted to hosting private exhibitions for architects and designers from both Japan and abroad since it was established in 1985. By allowing exhibitors to create their own shows, the gallery has continued to serve as a stage for exhibitions that are richly imbued with the personal ideas and values of the individuals and are works of design in themselves.

TOTO Publishing has been producing books with a unique perspective on architecture, design, and everyday life and culture since it was established in 1989. Starting in 1995, it has been making publications in conjunction with TOTO GALLERY·MA’s exhibitions, to together produce multifaceted presentations of the ideas and works of the featured architects and designers.

In a complex world marked by intensified globalization and diversified values, it is foreseeable that architecture will find an increasingly important role for its ability to integrate a variety of lifestyles, cultures, and technologies into real and concrete projects. It is TOTO’s mission to continue to share with a greater audience the ideas of the forerunning architects and designers through the activities of TOTO GALLERY·MA and TOTO Publishing.

History
TOTOGALLERY・MA
TOTO Publishing
1984
・DAC (TOTO Design Advisory Committee) formed by Tadao Ando, Motomi Kawakami, Masayuki Kurokawa, Takashi Sugimoto, and Ikko Tanaka
1985
・GALLERY·MA established by DAC members
・Tadao Ando, Motomi Kawakami, Masayuki Kurokawa, Takashi Sugimoto, and Ikko Tanaka appointed as planning and management committee members
・1st Exhibition "The Works of Frank O. Gehry"
1989
・Awarded the Japan Inter-Design Forum Award Corporate Inter-Design Prize
・TOTO Publishing established
1990
・5th Anniversary Exhibition "Image of Space '90"
1993
Luis Barragan (1992) awarded the Tokyo Art Directors Club Hiromu Hara Prize
1994
・Second exhibition space added to 4th floor of the TOTO Nogizaka Building
Yangotonaki himegimitachi no shinshitsu [The Bedrooms of the Noble Princesses] (1994) awarded the Zatugaku Shuppan Award
・Published The Architectural Map of Tokyo
・Published Chikyu kazoku (Material World)
・Published 100th book
1995
・10th Anniversary Exhibition "The 53 Origins"
・Began making books with TOTO Publishing in conjunction with the exhibitions
Bookshop TOTO opened on 2nd floor of the TOTO Nogizaka Building
1996
・Launched Kukan-jutsu Koza [Series of Lectures on the Art of Space Design] sessions in which exhibitors facilitate discussions with guest panelists
1997
・Awarded Mainichi Design Award Special Prize
Kazuo Shinohara (1996) awarded the Mainichi Art Award Special Prize
1998
・Total circulation exceeds 1,000,000 prints
1999
Europe: The Contemporary Architecture Guide vol. 1 (1998) awarded 33rd Japan Book Design Exhibition Award for Natural Science Book
2000
・Began organizing travelling exhibitions in collaboration with regional universities
・15th Anniversary Exhibition "10 City Profiles from 10 Young Architects"
2001
・Published 200th book
2002
・Awarded 2002 Japan Mécénat Award for Disseminating Quality Information
・100th Memorial Exhibition "Architecture of Tomorrow"
・Planning and Management Committee member Ikko Tanaka passes away
TOKYO ELEVEN PARADISE (2001), Kindai kenchiku no shougen (The Oral History of Modern Architecture) (2001), and Le Corbusier: HOUSES (2001) awarded 36th Japan Book Design Exhibition Award
Kindai kenchiku no shougen (The Oral History of Modern Architecture) (2001) awarded "Most Beautiful Book in the World" International Contest Bronze Award
2003
Nihon no ie [Traditional Houses of Japan] (2002) and Kenchiku wo shiko suru dimenshon [The Dimensions of Architectural Thinking] (2002) awarded 37th Japan Book Design Exhibition Award for Natural Science Book
2005
・20th Anniversary Exhibition "Contemporary Japanese Houses, 1985–2005"
2006
・Total circulation exceeds 2,000,000 prints
2008
Mikan no kenchikuka Frank Lloyd Wright (Frank Lloyd Wright) (2007) awarded 42nd Japan Book Design Exhibition Award
Glenn Murcutt: Thinking Drawing / Working Drawing (2008) awarded 50th Catalogue & Poster Fair Special Prize
2009
Glenn Murcutt: Thinking Drawing / Working Drawing (2008) awarded 43rd Japan Book Design Exhibition Award Honorable Mention
Nihon no niwa: Kotohajime [Japanese Gardens: An Introduction] (2008) awarded The Academic Society of Japanese Garden Award Honorable Mention
2010
・Renamed to TOTO GALLERY·MA
・25th Anniversary Exhibition "GLOBAL ENDS—towards the beginning"
・Tadao Ando (Special Advisor), Waro Kishi, Hiroshi Naito, Kenya Hara(resigned 2014), Tokujin Yoshioka (resigned 2012) appointed to new Planning and Management Committee
・Published 300th book
The Architecture of Gerrit Th. Rietveld (2009) and Studies in Organic (2009) awarded 44th Japan Book Design Exhibition Award Honorable Mention
2012
・Erwin Viray appointed to Planning and Management Committee
2013
・Nobuyuki Endo awarded The Appreciation Prize of AIJ 2013
2014
・Kazuyo Sejima appointed to Planning and Management Committee
・TOTO Publishing celebrates the 25th anniversary of the foundation
2015
・30th Anniversary Exhibition “The Asian Everyday: Possibilities in the Shifting World”
2016
・Kazuhiro Kojima and Yoshiharu Tsukamoto appointed to Planning and Management Committee
Present
・Exhibitions Hosted: 157 (as of July 2016)
・Books Published: 355 (as of July 2016)
Total Circulation: 2,700,000 prints (as of July 2016)