Exhibition Concept
Architecture & Environment

We have been constantly thinking about "architecture and environment. "Instead of setting a boundary by creating architecture, we hope to create a place where our work and the environment become connected. Under the theme of "Architecture and Environment," this exhibition will introduce our latest projects in Japan, China, Europe and other countries, including residences, universities, museums, and theaters, using models and drawings.
How have the three offices - SANAA, Kazuyo Sejima & Associates, and Office of Ryue Nishizawa - been perceiving and seeking to realize "architecture and environment" in the respective projects, while influencing each other's work? Also, through the journey from the very beginning /establishment of our offices to the present, how has the way we perceive "architecture and environment" changed? We too are hoping to make new discoveries through this exhibition.
Architect Profile
SANAA is an architectural unit co-founded by Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa. They have won numerous awards including the Golden Lion in the 9th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale in 2004, and the Pritzker Prize in 2010. Their main projects include the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (Ishikawa Prefecture), New Museum (USA), Rolex Learning Center, EPFL (Switzerland), Louvre-Lens (France), Grace Farms (USA), Shogin TACT Tsuruoka (Yamagata Prefecture), Hitachi City Hall (Ibaraki Prefecture) among others.
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Kazuyo Sejima
Kazuyo Sejima was born in 1956, and earned her master's degree in architecture from Japan Women's University in 1981. Established Kazuyo Sejima & Associates in 1987. In 1995, Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa co-founded SANAA. She is currently a professor at Polytechnic University of Milan and Yokohama National University Y-GSA, and a visiting professor at Japan Women's University and Osaka University of Arts.
Ryue Nishizawa
Ryue Nishizawa was born in 1966, and earned his master's degree in architecture from Yokohama National University in 1990. After working at Kazuyo Sejima & Associates, he co-founded SANAA with Kazuyo Sejima in 1995. Established Office of Ryue Nishizawa in 1997. He is currently a professor at Yokohama National University Y-GSA.