Toyo Ito is a Japanese architect known for his expression in both the physical and virtual worlds. Born in 1941, Ito was instantly turned on to the beauty of modern Japanese architecture. He went on to study at Tokyo University followed by his first working experience at a firm run by Kiyonori Kikutake, a member of the Metabolism group. In 1971 Toyo Ito opened his own practice in Tokyo, Urban Robot, which later became Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects.
Toyo Ito has had various teaching opportunities at esteemed universities, including: University of North London, Columbia University in New York, Berlage Institute in Amsterdam, and Harvard University. His work has been shown at numerous personal and collective exhibitions and he has participated in various major international competitions.
Itos numerous awards include: the prize of the Institute of Japanese Architecture for the Silver Hut (1986); the City of Kumamoto Award for the Yatsushiro Museum (1991) and the Yatsushiro Fire Station (1996); the Interarch Award (1997) and the Gold Medal of the Union of Architects of Bulgaria (1997); the Arnold W. Brunner Award presented by the American Academy of Fine Arts (2000); the World Architecture Award East Asia for the Sendai MediathÃ¨que (2002).