In 1998, he won the prestigious Alvar Aalto Prize;
In July 2001, "Time" magazine named him the "Best Architect in America";
In 2003, he was awarded an honorary member of the Royal Institute of British Architects;
2008 BBVA Foundation Frontier Award Art Award;
In 2012, he won the Gold Medal of the American Institute of Architects;
In 2014, he won the Architectural Award of the Commemorative World Culture Award under the Takamatsu Palace.
Known for his use of "light and shadow", he has always been able to immortalize buildings by adding energy and poetry to them.Complex works such as the recently designed Sifang Contemporary Art Museum in Nanjing, China, and the Maritime Museum in Biarritz, south-west France, offer visitors a sense of the revelatory nature of advanced design and a stunning sense of peace, appeal and understanding.