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Kazuyo Sejima, SANAA

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Japanese Architect Kazuyo Sejima

Japanese Architect Kazuyo Sejima

Photo by Takashi Okamoto, Courtesy of SANAA 21st Centry Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Japan. Sejima + Nishizawa of SANAA, architects.

21st Centry Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Japan. Sejima + Nishizawa of SANAA, architects. Photo © Junko Kimura/Getty Images.

Japanese artists Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa and 2009 Serpentine Pavilion in London, England

Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa by their 2009 Serpentine Pavilion in London, England.

Photo by Dan Kitwood/Staff/Collection: Getty Images News / Getty Images, ©2009 Getty Images

Japanese architect Kazuyo Sejima is best known for her collaborative projects with architect Ryue Nishizawa. Their firm, Sejima + Nishizawa and Associates (SANAA), is praised for designing powerful, minimalist buildings using common, everyday materials. Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa share the 2010 Pritzker Architecture Prize. Sejima and Nishizawa also maintain separate practices, which usually focus on smaller commissions.

Born: 1956 in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan

Education: 1981: Master's in Architecture, Japan Women's University

Selected Works:

Projects by Sejima + Nishizawa and Associates (SANAA) include:

Selected Awards:

Sejima + Nishizawa and Associates (SANAA) has won numerous awards, including:

  • 1998: The Prize of the Architectural Institute of Japan, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2000: Erich Schelling Architecture Prize, Karlsruhe, Germany
  • 2002: Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize in Architecture, American Academy of Arts and Letters New York, New York
  • 2002: Architecture Award of Salzburg, Austria
  • 2006: The Prize of the Architectural Institute of Japan, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2010: Pritzker Architecture Prize. Kazuyo Sejima is the second woman to receive a Pritzker Prize. (Zaha Hadid of Iraq won the prize in 2004.)

Career Highlights:

  • 1981: Kazuyo Sejima joined the firm Toyo Ito & Associates
  • 1987: Kazuyo Sejima formed Kazuyo Sejima & Associates. Ryue Nishizawa joined the firm
  • 1995: Kazuyo Sejima and her employee, Ryue Nishizawa, formed Sejima + Nishizawa and Associates (SANAA)
  • 2010: Sejima directed the Architecture Sector for the Venice Biennale

Teaching:

  • Tama Art University
  • Keio University in Tokyo, 2007-
  • Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, 2005-2006
  • Jean Labatut Professorship at the School of Architecture at Princeton University, USA (shared with Ryue Nishizawa), 2005-2008
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