Tadao Ando was born in Osaka, in 1941. He taught himself about architecture and, in 1969, established Tadao Ando Building Research Institute. His major works include “Church of Light”, “Pulitzer Art Museum”, “Underground Art Museum”, among others. In 1979, he received the Architectural Association Award in "Sumiyoshi Nagaya", the Japan Art Institute Prize in 1993, the Pritzker Prize in 1995, the 2003 Cultural Merit Award, the 2005 International Federation of Architects Alliance (UIA) Gold Medal, the 2010 John F. Kennedy Center Arts Gold Prize, the Goto Shinpei Prize, the Cultural Medal from the Emperor of Japan, Order of the French Arts and Culture in 2013 (Commandeur), the Grand Officer of the Order of the Star of Italy in 2013, the 2016 Isamu Noguchi Award, and many others. A solo exhibition was held at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1991, and at the Pompidou Center in Paris in 1993. Ando has also been Visiting professor at Yale, Columbia, and Harvard University, as well as Professor of the University of Tokyo since 1997 (now Professor Emeritus).