Pritzker Prize Laureate of 2013: Architect Toyo Ito
In the ’70s, the now 71-year-old Toyo Ito combined words “urban” and “robot” into Urbot for his studio’s name in Japan, beginning a decades-long journey to career prominence. He’s labeled as a pioneer of conceptual architecture, a design approach that’s inspired by ideas external to the industry’s traditional guiding principles. As this year’s recipient of the highest honor in architecture — the Pritzker Prize — Ito’s vision in creating buildings for public environments is always forward-thinking. “I will never fix my architectural style and never be satisfied with my works,” he states in the official announcement of the award.