Hitoshi Abe: Re-Mix

Architecture Department Fall 2009 Lecture Series

Hitoshi Abe founded Atelier Hitoshi Abe in 1993 in Sendai, Japan. The firm recently opened a second office in Los Angeles to work on a series of projects outside of Japan including invited competitions and an exhibition installation. Known for architecture that is spatially complex and structurally innovative, the work of Atelier Hitoshi Abe has been published internationally and received numerous awards including first prize in the Miyagi Stadium Competition in 1992; the 2009 Architectural Institute of Japan Award for the SSM/Kanno Museum, Shiogama-city, Miyagi, Japan; the 2009 Contract World Award for Aoba-tei, Sendai, Japan; the 2008 SIA-Getz Prize for Emergent Architecture in Asia; and the 2007 World Architecture Award for the SSM/Kanno Museum, Shiogama-city, Miyagi, Japan. The monograph Hitoshi Abe Flicker (TOTO) accompanied an exhibition of his work at the Gallery MA in Tokyo in 2005. He is the subject of Phaidon Press’s new monograph Hitoshi Abe to be released this winter. Prior to starting his firm, Abe worked with Coop Himmelblau in Los Angeles from 1988 to 1992.

Abe has a distinguished career in education, which began at the Tohoku Institute of Technology, Sendai, Japan where he taught from 1994 to 2007 and served as professor in charge of the architecture and urban design laboratory and director of the architectural design education committee. He was the Friedman Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and in 2007 he was appointed professor and chair of the University of California–Los Angeles Department of Architecture and Urban Design. Abe earned his master of architecture from Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles and his doctorate from Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan.