TADAO ANDO, a Japanese self-taught architect, is one of Japan’s pioneers in contemporary architecture. He established Tadao Ando Architect & Associates in 1969. His major works include the Church of the Light, 1989-1990 Osaka, the Modern Art Museum, 1997-2003 Fort Worth, Texas, and Tokyo Skytree, 2009, Tokyo. Ando’s awards include the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1995, Praemium Imperiale prize for archtecture in 1996, John F. Kennedy Center Gold Medal in the Arts in 2010, Commander of the Order of Art and Letters (France) in 2013, Grand Officer of the Order of Merit (Italy) in 2015, and Isamu Noguchi Award in 2016, and many others. He is a Professor Emeritus of the University of Tokyo.