Ando is a Japanese architect whose approach to architecture was once categorized as Critical Regionalism. Ando has led a storied life, working as a truck driver and boxer prior to settling on the profession of architecture, despite never having taken formal training in the field.
He works primarily in exposed cast-in-place concrete and is renowned for an exemplary craftsmanship which invokes a Japanese sense of materiality, junction and spatial narrative through the pared aesthetics of international modernism.
In 1969, he established the firm Tadao Ando Architects & Associates. In 1995, Ando won the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize medallion; an award generally considered to be the equivalent of the Nobel Prize in Architecture. He donated the $100,000 prize money to the orphans of the 1995 Kobe earthquake.