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SANAA : Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa


Tokyo, Japan

Kazuyo Sejima  (せじまかずよ)
Ryue Nishizawa ( にしざわ りゅうえ)

Kazuyo Sejima received a degree in architecture at the Japan Women’s University. Upon completion of her studies, she began working in the office of architect Toyo Ito. In 1987, she opened her own studio in Tokyo, and in 1992, she was named the Japan Institute of Architects’ Young Architect of the Year in Japan. Kazuyo Sejima has taught at Princeton University, the Polytechnique de Lausanne, Tama Art University, and Keio University.

Ryue Nishizawa hails from the Kanagawa prefecture, where he graduated from Yokohama National University with a master’s degree in architecture in 1990. He established the office Ryue Nishizawa in 1997, and he holds a professorship at Yokohama National University.

 SANAA (Sejima and Nishizawa and Associates) is an architectural firm. It was founded in 1995 by Kazuyo Sejima  (せじまかずよ) and Ryue Nishizawa ( にしざわ りゅうえ).  In 2010, Sejima and Nishizawa were awarded the Pritzker Prize, architecture’s highest honor. They were cited for  “architecture that is simultaneously delicate and powerful, precise and fluid, ingenious but not overly or overtly clever; for the creation of buildings that successfully interact with their contexts and the activities they contain, creating a sense of fullness and experiential richness;”


dior store, tokyo, japan (2001 – 2003). by SANAA

house in kamamura, kanagawa, japan (1999-2001)

zollverein school of design, essen, germany (2003 – construction began 2005).

extension of the institute of modern art, valencia, spain (2002 – ).

New Museum of Contemporary Art, new york, USA. (2003 – construction began 2005 ).


Written by Lei Zheng

August 31, 2011 at 9:01 pm

Posted in Architects

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