Tadao Ando’s ability to seamlessly weave architecture into the natural environment led the Clark to select him for its expansion and campus enhancement. In 2008 Ando successfully completed Stone Hill Center, the first phase of the project. His work at the Clark continues with his design for a new Visitor Exhibition and Conference Center. His first two American museum projects—the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts in St. Louis, Missouri, and the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas—opened to critical acclaim in 2002. His contemplative style is evident in such projects as the Vitra Seminar House, a conference center in Weil am Rhein, Germany; the Church on the Water in Hokkaido, Japan; and the Naoshima Contemporary Art Museum in Kagawa, Japan.
In 1995 Ando was awarded the Pritzker Prize, architecture’s most prestigious award. In 2002, Ando received the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal and the Kyoto Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Humanities. Ando’s other major awards include the 1997 Royal Institute of British Architects Gold Medal, the 1996 Praemium Imperiale, the 1992 Carlsberg Architectural Prize, and the Japan Art Academy Prize, and the French Academy of Architecture's Gold Medal in 1989. Ando’s work has been the subject of exhibitions at numerous venues including the Museum of Modern Art in New York (1991), the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Royal Academy of Arts in London (1998), and a 2001 exhibition at the Saint Louis Art Museum, which then traveled to the Clark.
Ando’s only project in New York City, the Morimoto Restaurant, opened in 2006. In the same year, he completed the renovation of the Palazzo Grassi in Venice, Italy, for the Pinault Collection of Contemporary Art. In 2009 he completed a renovation of the Punta della Dogana in Venice, Italy; and in 2010 he completed the Stone Sculpture Museum, Bad Münster am Stein-Ebernburg, Germany. He is also the architect for the Maritime Museum, part of Abu Dhabi’s cultural district, scheduled to open in 2013.
Ando is an honorary fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, the American Institute of Architects, the American Academy, and the Institute of Arts and Letters. He is a professor at Tokyo University and has been visiting professor at Yale, Columbia, and Harvard universities. Ando is the principal of Tadao Ando Architect and Associates, Osaka, Japan.