Kengo Kuma was born in 1954.
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.
Among Kuma’s major works are Kirosan Observatory (1995), Water/Glass (1995, received AIA Benedictus Award), Stage in Forest, Toyoma Center for Performance Arts (received 1997 Architectural Institute of Japan Annual Award), Bato-machi Hiroshige Museum (received The Murano Prize).
Besides Ginza Kabukiza, his recent works include Yusuhara Wooden Bridge Museum (2010), Asakusa Culture and Tourism Center (2012) , Nagaoka City Hall Aore. (2012).
Outside Japan, Besancon Arts and Culture Center and FRAC Marseilles (France) were completed this year.
Kuma has also written numerous books, including Anti-Object, translated into English, and most of his latest titles – A Natural Architecture, A Small Architecture - have been published Chinese and Korean and gaining wide readership from around the world.
In December 2013, MOMA New York and Centre Pompidou acquired models and drawings of his major works as their permanent collection.