Born in 1941. Toyo Ito graduated from the University of Tokyo, Department of Architecture in 1965. In 1971, he established his own office, Urban Robot (URBOT), which was renamed to Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects in 1979. Main works; Sendai Mediatheque, TOD’S Omotesando Building, Tama Art University Library (Hachioji campus), The Main Stadium for the World Games 2009 in Kaohsiung (Taiwan R.O.C.), etc. Under development; Toyo Ito Architecture Museum in Imabari, Extension for “The Fair of Barcelona Gran Via Venue” (Spain), Taichung Metropolitan Opera House (Taiwan R.O.C.), etc. Awards and Prizes; Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement from the 8th International Architecture Exhibition “NEXT” at the Venice Biennale (2002), Royal Gold Medal from The Royal Institute of British Architects (2006), 6th Austrian Frederick Kiesler Prize for Architecture and the Arts (2008), The 2009 Asahi Prize (2010) etc.