Innovative Architect Toyo Ito Named 2021 Medalist of the Neutra  Award for Professional Excellence 

May 7, 2021

The Department of Architecture, California Polytechnic University, Pomona is pleased to award Toyo Ito the 2021 Richard J. Neutra Award for Professional Excellence. The Neutra Award recognizes the contributions that Richard Neutra, an acclaimed modern architect, and former Cal Poly Pomona lecturer, made to the practice of architecture in the areas of research and design. The Neutra Award acknowledges individuals who have dedicated their careers to researching and developing new environments in which to work, live and play.

Ito 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

His significant projects include the Sendai Mediatheque (Japan); Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2002 (UK); Tama Art University Library (Hachioji campus, Japan); Torres Porta Fira (Spain); Toyo Ito Museum of Architecture, Imabari (Japan); National Taiwan University, College of Social Sciences (Taiwan R.O.C.); ‘Minna no Mori’ Gifu Media Cosmos (Japan); Museo Internacional del Barroco (Mexico); National Taichung Theater (Taiwan R.O.C.); ‘Meguri no Mori’ Kawaguchi City Funeral Hall (Japan).

Ito is the recipient of numerous awards for his innovative and forward-looking architecture. He is the recipient of the Golden Lion from the International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia; Royal Gold Medal from The Royal Institute of British Architects; The 22nd Praemium Imperiale in Honor of Prince Takamatsu; The Pritzker Architecture Prize, The UIA Gold Medal.

Award Ceremony and Lecture

May 7, 2021 | 6 p.m. (PST) 
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