Keynote Speaker


Keynote Speaker

Toyo Ito was born in Keijo (Seoul), South Korea and worked for Kiyonori Kikutake before he opened his own office in 1971, first as Urban Robot (URBOT) and later Toyo Ito & Associates. His early works in Japan include White U (1976) and Silver Hut (1984). He developed an aesthetic of lightweight, permeable membranes composed of fabrics, perforated aluminum panels and expanded metal sheets, seen in projects such as Tower of Winds (1986), Restaurant Nomad (1986) and his acclaimed Sendai Mediatheque (2001). Ito is best known in the UK for the 2002 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, with its playful geometries and his recent experiments with structure and surface in the Tod's Omotesando Building in Tokyo and the Matusmoto Performing Arts Centre. In 2006 was awarded the Royal Gold Medal from The Royal Institute of British Architects and in 2013, Ito was awarded the Pritzker Prize, one of architecture's most prestigious prizes.


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