Toyo Ito was born in 1941. He graduated from the University of Tokyo in 1965 and worked in the office of Kiyonori Kikutake until 1969. In 1971, he founded his own office Urban Robot (URBOT), which was renamed Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects in 1979. He is the recipient of many awards, including Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale, Royal Gold Medal from The Royal Institute of British Architects and The Pritzker Architecture Prize, etc. Among his best-known buildings are Sendai Mediatheque; Tama Art University Library (Hachioji campus); Torres Porta Fira (Spain); Toyo Ito Museum of Architecture, Imabari; National Taiwan University, College of Social Sciences (Taiwan R.O.C.); ‘Minna no Mori’ Gifu Media Cosmos, National Taichung Theater (Taiwan R.O.C.), etc.