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In this Japanese name, the family name is Ando.
Tadao Ando
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Tadao Ando (2004)
Personal information
Name Tadao Ando
Nationality Japanese
Birth date (1941-09-13) September 13, 1941 (age 79)
Birth place Minato-ku, Osaka, Japan
Buildings Row House, Sumiyoshi, 1979

Church of the Light, Osaka, 1989
Water Temple, Awaji, 1991

Projects Rokko Housing I, II, III, Kobe, 1983-1999
Awards Alvar Aalto Medal, 1985

Pritzker Prize, 1995
RIBA Royal Gold Medal, 1997
AIA Gold Medal, 2002

Tadao Ando is a Japanese architect. He was born in Osaka in 1941. Before he designed buildings, he had many other important experiences in his life. He became a professional boxer as a teenager and spent time in Thailand fighting. He then traveled around the world to learn about buildings. Ando became successful in the 1970s and has built buildings all over the world.

In 1995, Ando won the Pritzker Prize in 1995.[1]


  1. Pritzker Architecture Prize, "Tadao Ando, 1995 Laureate"; retrieved 2013-3-27.

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