Kengo Kuma completed his master’s degree at the University of Tokyo in 1979. After studying at Columbia University as a 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) and Bato-machi Hiroshige Museum (received The Murano Prize).
More recent works include Yusuhara Wooden Bridge Museum (2010), Asakusa Culture and Tourism Center (2012) , Nagaoka City Hall Aore (2012).
Kuma is also the author of numerous books which have been published all over the world.
In December 2013, MOMA New York and Centre Pompidou acquired models and drawings of his major works which are now part of their permanent collections.