Boxer-turned-Architect Tadao Ando won the Pritzker Prize in 1995. While he is among The Greats for a number of reasons, one that sets him apart from most is that he took no formal training in Architecture. Instead, after getting inspired by a Frank Lloyd Wright Building, he decided to teach himself through classes, travel and experience.

There is never a predictable moment as one moves through his buildings. He refuses to be bound by convention. Originality is his medium and his personal view of the world is his source of inspiration.

Pritzker Jury 1995

1.  Church of the Light, Japan

Interior View - Church of Light
Interior View – Church of Light

Year: 1989
Type: Church
Location: Osaka, Japan

2. Row House in Sumiyoshi

 Row House
Front View – Row House

Year: 1976
Type:  Residential
Location: Sumiyoshi, Osaka, Japan

3. Church on the Water, Japan

Church on the Water
Exterior View – Church on the Water

Year: 1988
Type: Church
Location: Tomamu, Hokkaido, Japan

4. Rokko Housing, Japan

Rokko Housing
Exterior View – Rokko Housing

Year: 1983
Type: Housing
Location: Rokko, Japan

5. Japanese Pavilion for EXPO 92

 Japanese Pavilion EXPO 92
Entrance View – Japanese Pavilion EXPO 92

Year: 1992
Type: Pavillion
Location: Ashiya-shi, Japan

6. Koshino House, Japan

 Koshino House
Front View – Koshino House

Year: 1984
Type: House
Location: Seville, Japan

7. Chikatsu Asuka Museum, Japan

 Chikatsu Asuka Museum
Exterior View – Chikatsu Asuka Museum

Year: 1994
Type: Museum
Location: Osaka Prefecture, Japan

8. The Nagaragawa Convention Center, Japan

 Nagaragawa Convention Center
Exterior View – Nagaragawa Convention Center

Year: 1995
Type: Convention Centre
Location: Gifu, Japan

9. Pulitzer Arts Foundation, US

 Pulitzer Foundation
Exterior View – Pulitzer Foundation

Year: 2001
Type: Art Museum
Location: St. Louis, Missouri, US

10. Hyōgo Prefectural Museum of Art, Japan

Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art
Perspective View – Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art

Year: 2002
Type: Art Museum
Location: Kobe, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan

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