Kengo Kuma

Kengo Kuma & Associates, Japan, exhibited at IAD 2017

Kengo Kuma

Company Name

Kengo Kuma & Associates



Principal Architect and Founder

Kengo Kuma

Home to me is… “a place to feel smell and texture”. Design to me is…: “similar to take a pleasant walk.” A design project that you love and why… “Design of the sofa because I can touch it directly.” Five lesser known facts/trivia about you and your work…

  • When I drive, I always open the window.
  • I like to read old novels.
  • When I go abroad, I can’t enter anything in my bag
  • I like swimming and basketball.
  • It is difcult to choose 5 trivia

Kengo Kuma was born in 1954 in Yokohama, Japan. He completed his master’s degree at the University of Tokyo in 1979. After studying at Columbia University as Visiting Scholar, he established Kengo Kuma & Associates 1990. In 2009, he was installed as Professor at the Graduate School of Architecture, University of Tokyo. He has also written numerous books and most of the titles have been translated into Chinese and Korean and has been awarded numerous international awards. In December 2013, MOMA New York and Centre Pompidou acquired models and drawings of his major works as their permanent collection. Kengo Kuma & Associates, established in 1990, the methodology of the rm is the use of natural materials in order to create airy, open spaces filled with sunlight to by creating structures that harmonize with the human body. Invention is a part of the design process to think of new solutions to everyday problems and emphasizes on the possibilities of the site and the location in addition to relativity of materials.

Renowned Recent Projects by Kengo Kuma

China Academy of Art Museum China photo credit © Eiichi Kano

China Academy of Art Museum, China
Photo credit © Eiichi Kano

Natyura Iiyama photo credit © Fujimaki Photo Creative

Natyura Iiyama
Photo credit © Fujimaki Photo Creative

Sunny Hills, Japan photo credit ©DAICI ANO

Sunny Hills, Japan
Photo credit ©DAICI ANO

Asakusa cultural Tourist Center Photo credit © Takeshi YAMAGISHI

Asakusa Cultural Tourist Center
Photo credit © Takeshi YAMAGISHI

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