About the Speaker:
Toyo Ito, Architect. Born in 1941. Graduated from the University of Tokyo in 1965. Established his office in 1971.
In the 70’s, he sought to erase conventional meaning from his works through minimalist tactics, then developed lightness in architecture that resembles air and wind. Since the completion of “Sendai Mediatheque” in 2001, he has been exploring architecture of the 21st century that goes beyond modernism’s purity and machine analogy, transcending architecture through autopoietic processes and organic geometries into life-forms that reflect nature. Awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement from the 8th International Architecture Exhibition “NEXT” at the Venice Biennale in 2002 and the Royal Gold Medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects in 2006.
Main works: Sendai Mediatheque (2001), TOD’S Omotesando Building (2004), Tama Art University Library (Hachioji campus) (2007), The Main Stadium for the World Games 2009 in Kaohsiung (2009), Toyo Ito Museum of Architecture, Imabari (2011).
Projects under development/construction: Minna-no-Mori Gifu Media Cosmos (tentative title), Taichung Metropolitan Opera House.
Awards: The Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement from the 8th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennnale (2002), The RIBA Royal Gold Medal (2006).
CPD Credit Hours and AIA CES Learning Unit Hours are offered to members of the HKIA and the AIA.
This lecture is open to the general public.
The Spring 2013 Public Lecture Series are co-sponsored by “Ronald Lu & Partners (HK) Ltd.” & “Woo, Chow, Wong & Partners (HK) Ltd.” visiting lectureship in architecture.