Japanese architect Toyo Ito has won the
2006 Royal Gold Medal for Architecture. He will receive the
medal at a February 15, 2006 ceremony held at the Royal Institute
of British Architects (RIBA). The annual award is given in
recognition of a lifetime's worth of work, and the recipient
is personally approved by the Queen. It is bestowed upon a
person or group of people whose influence on architecture
has had an international effect.
Ito's recent projects include the Sendai Médiathèque,
Sendai, Japan (2001), the Brugge Pavilion (2002) in Belgium,
and London's Serpentine Gallery Pavilion (2002). Ito's modernist
architecture draws its inspiration from nature, using organic
geometries and joyful spaces filled with life.
"Toyo Ito has been an inspiration for generations of
architects worldwide since his work started to receive international
acclaim in the 1970s," said Jack Pringle, RIBA President,
in a written statement. "For thirty years he has been
a leading figure in architecture and I am delighted that he
has accepted the Royal Gold Medal."