Toyo Ito wins Praemium Imperiale
Toyo Ito has been awarded the Japanese Art Association’s Praemium Imperiale architecture laureate for 2010.
The Praemium Imperiale is one of the most prestigious awards in architecture, with a 15 million yen (£112,000) prize for each laureate.
The association described the Korean-born Ito, who won the RIBA Gold Medal in 2005, as a “conceptual architect who is both constantly innovative and globally influential.”
Although Ito is thought of as a Japanese architect and has been based in the country for most of his life, more than 80% of his current projects are being built in other countries.
Founded in 1989, the awards recognise achievement in the arts in five categories. Recent winners of the architectural category have included Zaha Hadid (2009), Peter Zumthor (2008) and Herzog & de Meuron (2007).
Other laureates this year are Sophia Loren in the film and theatre category, Maurizio Pollini for music, Rebecca Horn in the sculpture category and Enrico Castellani for painting.
The laureates will be honoured at a ceremony in Tokyo on October 13.