Kengo Kuma: Smallness

Kengo Kuma in the Abby and Howard Milstein Auditorium
Kengo Kuma in the Abby and Howard Milstein Auditorium. William Staffeld / AAP
Kengo Kuma
Kengo Kuma during his lecture. William Staffeld / AAP
Kengo Kuma: Smallness
Yusuhara Wooden Bridge Museum. photo / 太田拓実 Takumi Ota
Kengo Kuma in the Abby and Howard Milstein Auditorium. William Staffeld / AAP Kengo Kuma during his lecture. William Staffeld / AAP Yusuhara Wooden Bridge Museum. photo / 太田拓実 Takumi Ota

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 in 1990. In 2009, he was appointed as a professor at the University of Tokyo's Graduate School of Architecture.

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). Recent works include Nezu Museum (2009, Tokyo); Yusuhara Marche and Wooden Bridge Museum (2010); Asakusa Culture and Tourism Center (2012); Nagaoka City Hall Aore (2012); and Kabukiza (2013). Outside Japan, the Besancon Music Center and FRAC Marseilles have been recently completed.

Kuma is also a prolific writer and his books have been published in English, Chinese, and Korean.