Mr Emilio Ambasz was born in Argentina in 1943 and studied at the Princeton University. He was trustee of the Department of Architecture and Design for the New York Museum of Modern Art from 1970 to 1976, where he run and set up many influential industrial design and architecture exhibitions, among which: "Italy's new domestic scenery" in 1972, "Luis Barragan's architecture" in 1974, "Design for a Taxi" in 1976. He was the Architectural League's Chairman for two mandates from 1981 to 1985 and a professor at the Princeton University's Faculty of Architecture, and gave lectures at the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Ulm, Germany and in many other important U.S. Universities. Among Mr Emilio Ambasz's many valuable designs we can mention the Mycal Cultural Centre in Sanda, Japan, the Museum of American Folk Art in New York, and the innovative design for the Greenhouses of the San Antonio, Texas Botanic Garden, inaugurated in 1978. For this design he won the Progressive Architecture Award in 1985 and the National Glass Association Award for Excellence in Commercial Design in 1988. In 1990 he was awarded the valuable Quaternary prize for technological progress. Mr Ambasz realized the interior decoration for the Banque Bruxelles-Lambert in their Milan Office, as well as for their Office in New York's Rockefeller Center and their Office in Lausanne, Switzerland. For this work he received the Annual Interiors Award in 1983 and also a special mention from the jury. Mr Ambasz won the First Prize and Gold Medal in the contest by invitation for the Design of the General Planning for the 1992 World Exhibition that took place in Seville, Spain on the occasion of the five hundredth anniversary celebrating the discovery of America. The headquarters realized by Mr Ambasz for the New York Financial Guaranty Insurance Company won the Grand Prize of the United Kingdom International Interior Design Award in 1987 as well as the IDEA Award from the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) in 1986. Mr Ambasz was awarded very many prizes in industrial design, among which: the Gold Prize awarded for his collaboration in the design of a seating system for "Vertebra" by the U.S. IBD in 1977, the SMAU Prize in 1979 and the valuable Gold Compass in 1981. In 1991 he was awarded the Gold Compass again for a new office seating system realized for Qualis Tecno (Italy). The "Vertebra" office arm-chair has been included in the design collections of the New York Museum of Modern Art and of the Metropolitan Museum in New York. The New York Museum of Modern Art has included, in its design collections, also the three-dimensional poster realized for the Geigy Graphics in 1967 and the Flashlight Torch. In 1987 the Industrial Designers Society of America gave Mr Emilio Ambasz the Top Award, as Industrial Design Excellence Award Winner, for "Soffio" (Puff ), a modular lighting system for the Sirrah Co. (Italy). He was awarded a Top Award again for his watercolour set "AquaColor" in 1988 by the IDSA and was given the ID Designer's Choice Award for Design Excellence and Innovation in 1989. The IDSA gave him the Top Award again in 1992 for his innovative design of "Handkerchief", a liquid crystal television set on flexible base, and for his design of the "Sunstar" Toothbrushes (Japan) and his "Soft Notebook" as well. The tenth Biennial Exhibition of Industrial Design gave Mr Ambasz the Jury Special Award "for the many contributions of his to the world of design". In 1997 Mr Ambasz was awarded the Vitruvius prize by the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Argentina, for the innovative quality of his works. The Mycal Cultural Center of Shin-Sanda, built near the epicentre of the earthquake that devastated Kobe, has recently received a special prize from the Japanese Minister for Public Works for its high structural and building qualities, that permitted the city to overcome that devastating natural event with excellent performances. This work (Mycal Cultural Center of Shin-Sanda) received the Saflex Design Award for the year 2000.