Kengo Kuma
Architect and professor at the Graduate School of Architecture at the University of Tokyo. Born in 1954, he established Kengo Kuma & Associates in 1990. His early works include: Kiro-San Observatory (1994), Water/Glass (1995, winner of the DuPont Benedictus Award by the American Institute of Architects), a Noh Stage called Dento Keishokan built in the Forest at Tome-shi (1997, winner of the Architectural Institute of Japan Award), Bato Hiroshige Museum (2000, winner of the Murano Togo Prize), the Great Bamboo Wall House (Beijing, 2002).
Recently completed works include the Nezu Museum (2009), Yusuhara Wooden Bridge Museum (2010), Asakusa Culture Tourist Center (2012), FRAC Marseille (2013), and the Darius Milhaud Conservatory of Music (Aix-en-Provence, 2013). He has also won awards such as the Spirit of Nature Wood Award (2002, Finland), as well as International Architecture Awards for the Best New Global Design (2007). He has published numerous books in several languages, including Anti Object, Natural Architecture and Small Architecture.