Hitoshi Abe: Architecture and Elephant

Architecture Department Lecture Series

Hitoshi Abe is chair of Architecture at UCLA. Principal of his own firm, Abe worked with Coop Himmelblau in Los Angeles from 1988-1992 before founding Atelier Hitoshi Abe in 1993. Some of his key projects located in Japan include the Aoba-tei restaurant and the Sasaki Office Factory for Prosthetics in Sendai, the Miyagi Stadium in Rifu, and the SSM/Kanno Museum in Shiogama. Known for architecture that is spatially complex and structurally innovative, the work of Atelier Hitoshi Abe has been published internationally and received numerous awards in Japan, including the 2007 World Architecture Award for SSM/Kanno Museum and the 2005 Good Design Award for Sasaki Office Factory for Prosthetics.