Tadao Ando, born in Osaka, Japan, in 1941. From 1962-69 trained himself in architecture. After travelling through Europe, the USA and Africa, in 1969 he established an architecture bureau, Tadao Ando Architect & Associates. After guest professorships at the Universities of Yale, Colombia and Harvard, as of 1997 he became a regular professor at the University of Tokyo and is a member of the University Council of the University of Berkeley. In 1991, he became an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects, and in 2002, an Honorary Academician at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. In 1995, Tadao Ando received the Hyatt Foundation's Pritzker Architecture Prize.