Forty years after establishing his experimental Tokyo-based architectural practice, in 2013 Toyo Ito was awarded the Pritzker Prize, architecture’s highest honor. This lecture provides a critical retrospective of Ito’s work from the 1970s to the present day, including the context of Japanese cities during and after the Economic Bubble, Ito’s early influences, his writings, his experiments with materials and techniques, and his artistic collaborators. Consider how, at an age when most master architects have established a signature “style,” Ito continues to evolve as an architect—questioning and re-inventing fundamental principles of structural, material, and spatial design—and remaining  among the leaders of global avant-garde culture.

Mark Mulligan, associate professor, Practice of Architecture, Harvard University Graduate School of Design


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