Friday, March 9, 2012

For Immediate Release: Tadao Ando Awarded the Neutra Medal for Professional Excellence by the Cal Poly Pomona Department of Architecture



The Neutra Medal will be presented to Tadao Ando at a special event at Cal Poly Pomona on March 28, 2012

POMONA (March 8, 2012) – The Architecture Department of the Cal Poly Pomona College of Environmental Design has awarded renowned Japanese Architect Tadao Ando with the Neutra Medal for Professional Excellence. The Neutra Medal recognizes contribution from individuals to the environmental design profession. Past Neutra Medal recipients include Renzo Piano, Kisho Kurokawa, Herman Hertzberger, Moshe Safdie, Raymond Kappe, Raphael Soriano,and, most recently, Thom Mayne.

Yumiko Ando, Tadao Ando’s wife, expressed gratitude on behalf of her husband upon receiving news of the award: “We know that the Richard Neutra Award is one of the most important awards in architectural society and Tadao Ando isvery pleased to receive the award.”

“Tadao Ando is among the most distinguished architects of the 20th and 21st centuries,” according to Cal Poly Pomona Associate Professor of Architecture Axel Schmitzberger. “The undeniable attraction of his architecture, comprised of complex programming paired with austere materialism and the highest levels of craftsmanship, has made the buildings of Tadao Ando stand out for generations to come. It is with great pleasure that we present Mr. Ando with the 2012 Richard Neutra Medal for Professional Excellence.”

Tadao Ando is based in Osaka, Japan, where his career has spanned nearly four decades as the head of Tadao Ando Architects & Associates. His work, built in Japan, the United States, Nepal, and five countries in Europe, is famous for seamlessly integrating a variety of materials and shapes into surrounding environments. Ando is the only architect to have won the discipline’s four most prestigious prizes: the Pritzker, Carlsberg, Praemium Imperiale, and Kyoto Prize. Ando won the Pritzker Architecture Prize, considered architecture’s highest honor, in 1995.

The Neutra Medal will be presented to Tadao Ando on the Cal Poly Pomona campus at 3801 West Temple Ave in Pomona, CA. The ceremony willinclude an address by Ando to the audience, which is expected to include distinguished attendees from throughout the Southern California architecture profession.

The awarding of the Neutra Medal is timed with the release of a new retrospective of Ando’s distinguished career. Written by Philip Jodidio and published by Taschen, advance copies of Ando: Complete Works 1975-2012 will be available for purchase at the event on March 28, and Tadao Ando will sign copies of the book for the hour prior to his lecture.

About the Cal Poly Pomona Architecture Department
The mission of the Cal Poly Pomona Architecture Department is to advocate for the broader purposes of architecture, including its public significance, its role in creating sustainable environments, and its provision of service to society through graduates who are responsible professionals, motivated by a sense of civic engagement. The Architecture program is directed toward the realities of architectural practice and decision-making processes as they relate to the profession of architecture. It is the intention of the Department, which has a very diverse student body and faculty, to prepare individuals who will be able to make knowledgeable, thoughtful and socially and environmentally responsible contributions to professional practice.


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James Brasuell

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