Until his third year of high school, Toyo Ito’s passion was not architecture, but baseball. Fortunately for us all (and almost assuredly for the Pritzker laureate himself), he soon switched career paths. Born in Seoul in 1941, Ito moved to Japan at the tender age of two. From the age of 12 (when his father died) to the time he went to University, Ito was part of the family business: making miso (bean paste). However, upon attending The University of Tokyo from 1965-1969, architecture became his life work. Read more on the life and work of Toyo Ito, the 2013 Pritzker Laureate, after the break... Thanks in part to his prize-winning undergraduate thesis, a proposal for the reconstruction of Ueno Park, Ito began working in the firm of Kiyonori Kikutake & Associates. In 1971, he started his own studio in Tokyo, originally named Urban Robot (Urbot); in 1979 he changed the name to Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects.
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