BY RENOWNED ARCHITECT – TOYO ITO
Toyo Ito, born 1 June 1941, is a Japanese architect known for creating conceptual architecture, in which he seeks to simultaneously express the physical and virtual worlds. He is a leading exponent of architecture that addresses the contemporary notion of a “simulated” city, and has been called “one of the world’s most innovative and influential architects.”
He is one of the world’s most influential and respected architects, known for creating highly conceptual works and being extremely selective of his commissions. Nature is a recurring inspiration for Mr. Ito, whose lyrical free-flowing spaces and designs mirror the rhythms and patterns of organic growth.
In 2013, Mr Ito was awarded the Pritzker Prize, one of architecture’s most prestigious prizes. He was a likely front-runner for the Pritzker Prize for the previous 10 years. A recent trend has seen less experienced and well-known winners, for example Chinese architect Wang Shu in 2012, and the award to Toyo Ito is seen as recognition of a lifetime’s achievement in architecture.