Architect Toyo Ito will add another accolade to his extensive awards collection when he receives the 2014 Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Architecture on April 13. The University of Virginia and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation present the honor to those “who exemplify the best in their fields and who, like Jefferson, provide essential leadership for our world.”
“For me, the task of the architect is to release people from… restrictive frameworks by creating spaces in which they feel at ease and in which they can attain some degree of freedom,” Ito said in a statement.
“[Architecture] takes us beyond ourselves and helps us aspire to inhabit and contribute to a more evolved world,” said Kim Tanzer, dean of the University of Virginia School of Architecture. “Toyo Ito’s work has this quality; both ethereal and utterly grounded, fantastical and practical, his architecture helps us to imagine new forms of human experience. His meaningful use of emerging digital tools, combined with his sophisticated deployment of non-Cartesian rationality, will inspire architects for generations to come.”