Architecture Firm Name: Kengo Kuma and Associates
Firm Location: Tokyo, Japan Paris, France
Founding Year: 1990
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Born in 1954. Completed the Department of Architecture, University of Tokyo. 1990 Established Kengo Kuma & Associates Architects and Urban Design Office. After working as a professor at the University of Tokyo, he is currently a special professor and emeritus professor at the University of Tokyo.
Being shocked by Kenzo Tange’s Yoyogi indoor stadium at the time of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, he aimed to become an architect from an early age. At university, he studied under Hiroshi Hara and Yoshichika Uchida. After working as a visiting researcher at Columbia University, he established Kengo Kuma & Associates in 1990. He has designed architecture in more than 20 countries (Architectural Institute of Japan Award, International Wood Architecture Award from Finland, International Stone Architecture Award from Italy, etc.) and has received various awards at home and abroad. Aiming for architecture that blends in with the local environment and culture, we are proposing a human-scale, gentle and soft design. In addition, through the search for new materials to replace concrete and iron, we are pursuing the ideal form of architecture after an industrialized society.