Tadao Ando 
Japanese architect


One of the world’s most active Japanese architects, known for his style of exposed concrete and the use of geometric shapes. He traveled around the world and taught himself architecture. Former professional boxer.

『Alvar Aalto Medal』『Carlsberg Architectural Prize』『Pritzker Prize』『RIBA Royal Gold Medal』『AIA Gold Medal』『Neutra Medal for Professional Excellence』

「Row House in Sumiyoshi」「The Church of the Light」「Omotesando Hills」「Chichu Art Museum」「21 21 Design Sight」


1941 ( 0) Born in Osaka
1958 (17) Obtained a professional boxer license (ring name Great Ando)
1960 (19) Graduated from Osaka Prefectural Joto Technical High School
1965 (24) America, Europe, Africa, Asia Wandering twice for 4 years
1968 (27) Studied under Eisuke Mizutani, an urban planning and design office
1969 (28) Established Tadao Ando Architectural Institute
1976 (35) Row House in Sumiyoshi design
1979 (38) Architectural Institute of Japan Award (Row House in Sumiyoshi)
1986 (45) Chapel of the Wind
1987 (46) Appointed as a visiting professor at Yale University
1988 (47) Appointed as a visiting professor at Columbia University
1988 (47) Chapel on the Water
1989 (48) Church of Light
1989 (48) Appointed as a visiting professor at Harvard University
1991 (50) Solo exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, New York
1993 (52) Pompidou Center solo exhibition in Paris
1993 (52) Japan Art Academy Prize
1995 (54) Pritzker Prize
1997 (56) Appointed as a professor at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Tokyo
2002 (61) Appointed as a visiting professor at the University of Southern California
2003 (62) Retired from the University of Tokyo and became an emeritus professor
2003 (62) Person of Cultural Merit
2004 (63) Chichu Art Museum
2005 (64) Received the life title of Special Honorary Professor from the University of Tokyo
2005 (64) International Union of Architects (UIA) Gold Medal
2006 (65) Omotesando Hills
2010 (69) John F. Kennedy Center Art Gold Award, Goto Shinpei Award, Order of Culture
2011 (70) Deputy Chairman of the Reconstruction Design Council for the Great East Japan Earthquake
2012 (71) Chairman of the Jury of the National Stadium International Design Competition
2013 (72) French Arts and Culture Medal (Commandur)
2015 (74) Order of Merit of the Republic of Italy Grande Ufficale
2016 (75) Isamu Noguchi Award
2017 (76) The National Art Center, Tokyo Tadao Ando Exhibition “Challenge” held
2018 (77) Paris Pompidou Center Tadao Ando Exhibition “Challenge” held
2019 (78) Chairman of the Logo Mark Selection Committee of the 2025 Japan International Exposition (Expo)
2020 (79) Expo Sakura 2025 Executive Committee Chairman


Tadao Ando: The Yale Studio and Current Works
Tadao Ando
Tadao Ando (Studio Paperback)
Ando Tadao-Rokko Housing I.II.III JA Library
Church on the Water and Church of the Light
Tadao Ando (Global Architecture Document Extra S.)
Tadao Ando (Studio paperbacks)
Tadao Ando: The Colours of Light (ARCHITECTURE GENERALE)
Tadao Ando: Complete Works
Tadao Ando: Architecture and Spirit: Cg Section 2
Abstraction and Transcendence: Nature, Shintai, and Geometry in the Architecture of the Tadao Ando
Places of Worship by Sir Christopher Wren, Joze Plecnik and Tadao Ando
Ando Tadao: Naoshima Contemporary Art Museum
Tadao Ando, The Colours of Light
Tadao Ando: Architecture of Serenity – Naoshima Contemporary Art Museum
Architects on Architects
Emilio Ambasz: Natural Architecture and Artificial Design
Seven Interviews With Tadao Ando
Ando Tadao – Details 3
Tadao Ando (Archipockets S.)
Tadao Ando: Light and Water
Los Colores de La Luz
Carlo Scarpa: The Craft of Architecture (MAK Studies)
GA Document 83: OMA, Jean Nouvel, Mario Botta, Tadao Ando, Sanaa, Bernard Tschumi
Tadao Ando: The Nearness of the Distant: Allemand/Anglais (NIGGLI EDITIONS)
Tadao Ando
Architecture for Benetton: Works by Afra and Tobia Scarpa and by Tadao Ando
Tadao Ando: Sunken Courts: Allemand/Anglais (NIGGLI EDITIONS)
Tadao Ando
Tadao Ando (Monographie)
Tadao Ando: Modern Art Museum of Ft. Worth
Stone Hill Center: Tadao Ando at the Clark
Tadao Ando for/per/pour François Pinault
Tadao Ando: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling
Tadao Ando: Museums
Tadao Ando at Naoshima: Art, Architecture, Nature
Tadao Ando: Process and Idea
Ando. Complete Works. Updated Version 2010
Tadao Ando: Venice: The Pinault Collection at the Palazzo Grassi and the Punta Della Dogana
Nothingness: Tadao Ando’s Christian Sacred Space
Tadao Ando – Novartis Campus, Fabrikstrasse 28
Tadao Ando – House in Sri Lanka, Mirissa: House in Monterrey . Residential Masterpieces 12
Tadao Ando 4 – 2000-2007 GA Architect
Tadao Ando, Complete Works 1975-2011: Written by Philip Jodidio, 2012 Edition
Tadao Ando: Conversations with Students: Written by Tadao Ando, 2012 Edition
Tadao Ando – Recent Project 2
Tadao Ando: Houses
Super Potato Design: The Complete Works of Takashi Sugimoto
Tadao Ando at the Clark: Shadow and Light
Tadao Ando – New Endeavors: 4
Tadao Ando – 2008-2015 Vol. 5 GA Architect
Ando: BA (Basic Art)
Tadao Ando: Château La Coste
Regard sur l’architecture de Tadao Andô
Tadao Ando: The Colours of Light Volume 1
Ando. Complete Works 1975-Today: ANDO, UPDATED VERSION
Tadao Ando 0 – Process & Idea
Ando. Complete Works 1975-Today. 2019 Edition
Tadao Ando: Endeavours: Endeavors
Ando. Complete Works 1975-Today. 40th Anniversary Edition


Tadao Ando
Tadao Ando: Making the Modern