The Roberto Garza Sada Center (CRGS) was designed by Tadao Ando, winner of the Pritzker Prize in 1995 and one of the most respected architects in the world.
The fact that he agreed to design the Center, his first work in Latin America, shows the transcendence of the project.
Tadao Ando was born in Osaka, Japan in 1941. Unlike most contemporary architects, Ando did not receive a formal education in architecture. Instead, he read widely and travelled extensively throughout Europe, Africa, Asia, and the United States. In 1969, he established Tadao Ando Architect & Associates. Since then, he has been recognized for numerous works in Japan and other countries.
He has won virtually every prize Japan grants for architecture and the arts, as well as many important international prizes, like the Pritzker Architecture Prize
, the Royal Gold Medal, granted by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the Architecture Gold Medal, granted by French Academy of Architecture, the Gold Medal granted by the American Institute of Architects, and the Gold Medal from the International Union of Architects.
A few of his representative works are:
- Church on the Water, Tomamu, Hokkaido; Japan, 1988
- Church of the Light, Ibaraki, Osaka; Japan, 1989
- Rokko Housing, Kobe, Hyogo; Japan, 1993
- Naoshima Contemporary Art Museum, Naoshima, Japan, 1995
Source: The Pritzker Architecture Prize