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ARCHITECT RECOGNIZED FOR HIS UNSHAKABLE SKILL

Self-taught Japanese architect Tadao Ando has won praise for the functional, aesthetically pleasing design of his buildings. But their most impressive feature may be survival.

More than 30 structures Ando designed in and around Kobe, Japan, remained standing after the 7.2 earthquake of Jan. 17 that left more than 75,000 homes and buildings destroyed or badly damaged.On Sunday, an international panel of judges awarded Ando, 53, of Osaka, the 1995 Pritz-ker Architecture Prize and will present it to him on May 22 in Versailles, France.