1941 – Born on the 13th of September, in Osaka, Japan.
1960 – He traveled throughout Asia, Europe, and the Americas in the reading and absorbing architecture firsthand.
1969 – He established the firm Tadao Ando Architects & Associates.
1970 – He opened his own firm and a few years later achieved early public recognition for his house commissions.
1976 – His "Row House in Sumiyoshi", a small two story, cast-in place concrete house completed, is an early work that begins to show elements of his characteristic style.
1979 – Annual Prize, Architectural Institue of Japan.
1980 – His work matured and by late in the decade he was creating outstanding public buildings, such as the spiritually resonant Church of the Light, Hokkaido, Japan, and Church on the Water, Osaka.
1983 – Cultural Design Prize, Japan.
1985 – Alvar Aalto Medal, The Finnish Association of Architects.
1989 – Gold Medal of Architecture, French Academy of Architecture.
1992 – Carlsberg Architectural Prize, Denmark.
1993 – Japan Art Academy Prize, Japan.
1995 – He won the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize medallion; an award generally considered to be the equivalent of the Nobel Prize in Architecture.
– He donated the $100,000 prize money to the orphans of the Kobe earthquake.
1996 – Praemium Imperiale First “FRATE SOLE” Award in Architecture, Japan Art Association.
1997 – He won the commission to design the new building for the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas.
– Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France.
1997 – Royal Gold Medal, Royal Institute of British Architects.
2002 – AIA Gold Medal, American Institute of Architects.