Kuma Kengo

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Kengo Kuma  ©  J.C. CarbonnePhoto © J.C. Carbonne


Biography

Kengo Kuma was born in 1954. He established Kengo Kuma & Associates in 1990. He is currently a University Professor and Professor Emeritus at the University of Tokyo after teaching at Keio University and the University of Tokyo. KKAA projects are currently underway in more than 30 countries. Kengo Kuma proposes architecture that opens up new relationships between nature, technology, and human beings. His major publications include Ten Sen Men (“point, line, plane”, Iwanami Shoten), Hito no Sumika (“shelters for people”, Shincho Shinsho), Makeru Kenchiku (Architecture of Defeat, Iwanami Shoten), Shizen na Kenchiku (Natural Architecture, Iwanami Shinsho), Chii-sana Kenchiku (Small Architecture, Iwanami Shinsho) and many others.

Teaching and Professorships

2020 –
Special/Honorary Professor at University of Tokyo
2019 –
Senior Specially Appointed Professor at Waseda University
2018 –
President at Kochi Prefectural Forestry College
2014 –
Visiting Professor at Tokyo University of the Arts
2009 – 2020
Professor at the Graduate School of Architecture,
University of Tokyo
2007 – 2008
Visiting Professor at the School of Architecture,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Chicago, USA)
2001 – 2009
Professor at the Faculty of Science and Technology, Keio University
1998 – 1999
Professor at the Faculty of Environmental Information, Keio University
1994
Lecturer at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation,
Columbia University (New York, USA)
1985 – 1986
Visiting Scholar at Graduate School,
Columbia University and Asian Cultural Council (USA)

Main Literary Works

2021
Kuma no Ne (The Roots of Kuma’s Works –
Ten Last Lectures at the University of Tokyo)
(University of Tokyo Press)
Kenchikuka ni Naritai Kimi he
(For You Who Want to Be an Architect-Worldly Wisdom for 14-Year Olds)
(Kawade Shobo Shinsha)
Kengo Kuma / My Life as an Architect in Tokyo
(Thames & Hudson, original in English and French)
2020
Hito no Sumika (Shelters for People) (Shincho Sensho)
Ten, Sen, Men (Point and Line to Plane) (Iwanami Shoten)
Kuma Kengo ni yoru Kuma Kengo (Kuma Kengo by Kuma Kengo) (Daiwa Shobo)
Tokyo Tokyo (KADOKAWA, Japanese and English bilingual)
2019
Makeru Kenchiku (paperback edition) (Iwanami Modern Library)
2018
Basho Genron II (Place Principles II)
(Ichigaya Shuppan, available in Chinese)
2016
Naze Bokuga Shin Kokuritsu Kyogijo wo Tsukurunoka
(Why did I design the National Stadium?)
(Nikkei BP, available in Chinese)
2015
SMALL ARCHITECTURE / NATURAL ARCHITECTURE (AA Publication, English)
Kume Kengo Onomatopoeia Architecture (X-Knowledge, available in Chinese and Korean)
Hiroba (All About “Public Spaces” in Japan)
(Co-authored with Hidenobu Jinnnai / Tankosha)
Kenchikuka, Hashiru (paperback edition) (Shinchosha, available in Chinese and Korean)
2014
Boku no Basho (My Place)
(Daiwa Shobo, available in Chinese and Korean)
2013
Chisana Kenchiku (Iwanami Shoten)
Kenchikuka, Hashiru (Shinchosha)
2012
Taidanshu Tsunagu Kenchiku
(Iwanami Shoten, available in Chinese and Korean)
Nihonjin wa dou sumaubekika?
(co-authored with Takeshi Yorou / Nikkei BP)
Basho Genron (Ichigaya Publishing, available in Chinese)
2011
Shin Mura-ron Tokyo
(co-authored with Yumi Kiyono / Syueisha Shinsho)
2010
Kyokai (Tankosha, Japanese / English bilingual)
Santei Shugi (co-authored with Atsushi Miura / NTT, available in Korean and Traditional Chinese)
2009
Anti-Object (paperback version) (Chikuma Shobo)
Studies in Organic (TOTO Publishing, Japanese / English bilingual)
Sozai no Keifu (The Origin of Materials) (Graphicsha)
2008
Shizen na Kenchiku (Natural Architecture)
(Iwanami Shinsho, available in English, French, Chinese, Korean)
Shin Toshi-ron Tokyo
(co-authored with Yumi Kiyono / Syueisha Shinsho)
2007
Kengo Kuma : Lecture and Dialogue (INAX)
2004
Kengo Kuma Tokuhon II – 2004 (GA)
Makeru Kenchiku (Architecture of Defeat)
(Iwanami Shoten, available in English, Chinese, Korean)
2000
Anti-Object (Chikuma Shobou, available in English and Chinese)
1999
Kengo Kuma Tokuhon – 1999 (GA)
1995
Kenchiku no Kiki wo Koete (TOTO)
1994
Kenchikuteki Yokubo no Shuen (Shinyousha)
Shin-Kenchiku Nyumon (Chikuma Shinsho, available in Chinese)
1990
Jutaku-ron (paperback edition) (Chukuma Bunko)
1989
Good-Bye Postmodern -11 American Architects(Kajima Publishing)
1989
Jutaku-ron (To-so Shuppan, available in Chinese)

Awards

2021
The Most Influential People of 2021 (Time Magazine)
2019
John D. Rockefeller 3rd Award
Military Order of Savoy (Cavaliere di Gran Croce) (Grand Cross of the Equestrian Order)
Medal with Purple Ribbon 2018
2018
AIJ Education Award
2016
“Sustainable Architecture” Global Award
The 15th Public Buildings Award /
Category of Governmental Building for “City Hall Plaza Aore, Nagaoka”
Iconic Award for “China Academy of Art’s Folk Art Museum”
1st Prize, Wooden Architecture Award (France) for “Mont-Blanc Base Camp”
2011
The Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’s Art Encouragement Prize for “Yusuhara Wooden Bridge Museum”
2010
Mainichi Art Award for “Nezu Museum”
2009
Decoration Officier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France)
2008
Energy Performance + Architecture Award (France)
Bois Magazine International Wood Architecture Award (France)
2002
Spirit of Nature Wood Architecture Award (Finland)
2001
Togo Murano Award for “Nakagawa-machi Bato Hiroshige Museum”
International Stone Architecture Award (Italy) for “Stone Museum”
1997
Architectural Institute of Japan Award for “Noh Stage in the Forest”
AIA Benedictus Award (USA) for “Water / Glass”

Major Monographs

2021
KUMA: Kengo Kuma Complete Works 1998-Today (TASCHEN)
KUMA Kengo WOOD – Materiality of Architecture
(Culture Convenience Club)
Topography(Images Publishing)/ available in Chinese
2020
GA KENGO KUMA 2013-2020 (A.D.A. EDITA Tokyo, Japanese / English bilingual)
AV Monographs 218-219: Kengo Kuma 2014-2019 (Arquitectura Viva, Spanish / English bilingual)
2018
JA109 Kengo Kuma: A LAB for materials(Shinkenchikusha)/ available in Chinese)
2015
Kengo Kuma : Monograph (List Laboratorio Editoriale)
2014
AV Monographs 167-168 : KENGO KUMA 2000-2014
(Arquitectura Viva)
2013
Kengo Kuma Complete Works
(Thames & Hudson Publishers)/2nd Edition(2018)
2012
GA KENGO KUMA 2006-2012
(A.D.A EDITA Tokyo, Japanese / English bilingual )
2010
NA Series of Architects 02 Kengo Kuma(Nikkei BP)
2009
KENGO KUMA RECENT PROJECT
(A.D.A EDITA Tokyo, Japanese / English bilingual)
Material Immaterial: The New Work of Kengo Kuma
(Princeton Architectural Press)
2005
GA Architect 19 KENGI KUMA
(A.D.A EDITA Tokyo, Japanese / English bilingual)
Kengo Kuma Selected Works(Princeton Architectural Press)