Born in 1950 in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture. Graduated from Waseda University with a degree in architecture. Completed a master's program in architecture at the graduate school of same university. Worked at Madrid office of architect Fernando Higueras and the Tokyo office of architect Kiyonori Kikutake before setting up Naito Architect & Associates in 1981. In 2001, became associate professor at the University of Tokyo's School of Engineering. From 2002 to 2011, was professor at the University of Tokyo's Department of Civil Engineering. Served as Chairman of the Good Design Award judging committee from 2007 to 2009. Was executive vice president of the University of Tokyo from 2010 to 2011. Became professor emeritus of same university in 2011.
Major architectural works include the following: Sea-Folk Museum (1984), Chihiro Art Museum Azumino (1997), Tenshin Memorial Museum of Art, Ibaraki (1997), Tokamachi Public Library (1999), Makino Memorial Garden & Museum in Nerima (1999), Fuji RINRI Seminar House (2001), Bashamichi Station (2001), Shimane Arts Center (2005), Hyugashi Station (2007), Kochi Station (2009), TORAYA Kyoto (2009), Asahikawa Station (2011), SHIIKI HALL, Kyushu University (2014), Azumino City Hall (2015), and the Gymnasium at Shizuoka Prefecture Kusanagi Sports Complex (2015).
Major books he has written include the following: "Sokei no kenchiku (Essential architecture)" published by INAX in 1995, "Kenchiku no hajimari ni mukatte (Toward the beginning of architecture)" published by Okokusha in 1999, "Kenchikutekishiko no yukue (Where thoughts on architecture lead)" published by Okokusha in 2004, "Kendochikuboku 1 kochikubutsu no fukei (Construction 1 Scenery of architecture)" and "Kendochikuboku 2 kawanoaru fukei (Construction 2 Scenery with water)" published by Kajima Institute Publishing in 2006, "Naito Hiroshi taidanshu: fukuganshiko no kenchikuron (Dialogue with Hiroshi Naito: a multifaceted perspective on architecture) " published by INAX in 2007, "Kozo dezain kogi (Lectures on structural design)" published by Okokusha in 2008, "Kenchikuno chikara" (The power of architecture) published by Okokusha in 2009, "Naito Hiroshi taidanshu: choshokaidai (Dialogue with Hiroshi Naito: a bibliographical introduction)" published by INAX in 2010, "Kankyo dezain kogi (Lectures on environmental design)" published by INAX in 2011, "NA Kenchikuka series 03: Naito Hiroshi (Nikkei Architecture Architects Series 03: Hiroshi Naito) " published by Nikkei Business Publications in 2011, "Naito Hiroshi to wakamonotachi jinsei o meguru 18 no taiwa (Talks on life between Hiroshi Naito and young people)" edited by the University of Tokyo's Landscape and Civic Design Laboratory and published by Kajima Institute Publishing in 2011, "Naito Hiroshi no atama to te (The head and hands of Hiroshi Naito)" published by Shokokusha Publishing in 2012, "Naito Hiroshi no kenchiku 1992-2004: sokei kara sokei he 1 (Hiroshi Naito's architecture 1992-2004: from shape to scenery 1)" published by Toto in 2013, "Keitai Dezain kogi (Lectures on designing shapes)" published by Okokusha in 2013, "Naito Hiroshi+Yasuhiro Ishimoto:kukan tono taiwa (Hiroshi Naito and Ishimoto Yasuhiro: Dialogue with space)" published by ADP in 2013, "Naito Hiroshi no kenchiku 2005-2013: sokei kara sokei he 2 (Hiroshi Naito's architecture 2005-2013: from shape to scenery 2)" published by Toto 2014, and "Ba no chikara (The power of place)" published by Okokusha in 2016.