Tadao Ando

Matthew Hunter


The newest volume in our popular Conversations series features Japanese architect Tadao Ando. One of the most celebrated living architects, Ando is best known for crafting serenely austere structures that fuse Japanese building traditions with Western modernism. His minimalist masterworks-geometric forms clad in silky-smooth exposed concrete-are suffused with natural light and set in perfect harmony with the landscape. In these highlights from lectures delivered at the University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Architecture, Ando candidly describes his experiences as a largely self-taught practitioner, tracing his development from an early interest in the traditional building craft of his native Japan through his political awakening in the turbulent 1960s to his current stature as one of the world’s foremost architects. In addition to exploring his aesthetic influences and working process, Ando offers students a road map not only for maintaining professional integrity, but alsofor becoming effective agents of change in the world.

Creator Bio

Tadao Ando, born in Japan in 1941, is one of the world’s foremost contemporary architects. His work is characterised by a commitment to the highest levels of craftsmanship. Ando is known for the subtle use of architectural concrete in combination with natural materials such as wood and stone. Active natural elements such as sun, rain and wind are integral to his compositions. He has designed numerous notable buildings, including Row House in Sumiyoshi, Osaka, 1976 (for which he was awarded the Annual Prize of Architectural Institute of Japan in 1979), Church of the Light, Osaka, 1989, Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, St. Louis, 2001, Armani Teatro, Milan, 2001 and Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 2002. Among the many awards he has received are: Gold Medal of Architecture, Academie d’Architecture (French Academy of Architecture) in 1989, The Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1995, Gold Medal of the American Institute of Architects in 2002, and Gold Medal of Union Internationale des Architectes in 2005.

Price £12.99
Format Paperback / softback
Publication Date 1 November 2012
Pages 96
Height 205mm
Width 145mm
Illustrations 50 black & white images
ISBN-13 9781616890704