Even after winning the Pritzker, Ito was quick to show that he is admirably humble. But he also admits that this aspect of his personality drives his creativity.
Ito states in the Pritzker Prize media kit materials:
"…when one building is completed, I become painfully aware of my own inadequacy, and it turns into energy to challenge the next project.
...Probably this process must keep repeating itself in the future…Therefore, I will never fix my architectural style and never be satisfied with my works."
Lucky for the world, Ito will remain unsatisfied and will push toward creating ever more beautiful, and responsible, buildings.
Images, from top: Toyo Ito Museum of Architecture, 2006—2011, Imabari-shi, Ehime, Japan, photo by Daici Ano; Sendai Mediatheque, 1995—2000, Sendai-shi, Miyagi, Japan, photo by Tomio Ohashi; photo of Toyo Ito by Yoshiaki Tsutsui
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