Japan's Architecture Industry Is Represented By These Top Designers

Japan’s Architecture Industry Is Represented By These Top Designers – The following famous architects represent a fellowship of standard-bearers whose work is imaginative, intelligent, and inspiring. Find out who are we talking about!

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Architecture and design are not static professions: styles evolve, technologies advance, challenges propel. If you want to discover the best of Japan’s Architecture industry than this is the spot for you. Some of the inspiring names at this incredible list have won the incredible Pritzker Architects prize, so you know is going to be good!

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Fumihiko Maki

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Image Credit: Fumihiko Maki

The renowned architect might be one of the biggest legends of Architecture in Japan since 1993. With 90 Years Old, Maki is still working and he still teaches the Principles of Architecture at Keio University! In 1993 he received the Pritzker Prize for his life’s work, which often explores pioneering uses of new materials and fuses the cultures of east and west.

Toyo Ito

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Image Credit: Toyo Ito

Specialized in conceptual architecture, Ito seeks to simultaneously express the physical and virtual worlds in his amazing and powerful designs. He is a leading exponent of architecture that addresses the contemporary notion of a “simulated” city, and has been called “one of the world’s most innovative and influential architects”. 

Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa

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Image Credit: Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa

The founders of the renowned design firm SANAA (Sejima and Nishizawa and Associates) have been presenting stellar projects with a global magnitude since 1995. Known for designs with clean modernist elements such as slick, clean, and shiny surfaces made of glass, marble, and metals this Japanese Duo are definitely Top Stars in their field. In 2010, Nishizawa became the Youngest Recipient of the Pritzker, while Sejima became the second women to receive the award.

Kenzō Tange

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Image Credit: Kenzō Tange

Combining his traditional Japanese styles with modernism, this renowned architect is considered as one of the Master of Architecture of the 20th century. He was instrumental on the Post-World War Society of Japan and his amazing and visionary concepts of Architecture led the Pritzker Jury to award him the Pritzker Prize, making him the first Japanese Architect to win this prestigious and highly acclaimed architect.


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Tadao Ando

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Image Credit: Tadao Ando

Born in 1941 in Osaka, Japan, this renowned architect won the Pritzker Prize for architecture, in 1995, considered the highest distinction in the field. He donated the $100,000 prize money to the orphans of the 1995 Kobe earthquake. Ando is a  self-taught architect whose approach to architecture and landscape was categorized by architectural historian Francesco Dal Co as “critical regionalism”. He was raised in Japan and this country really shaped his style as an architect and designer through religion and other cultural aspects.

Makoto Tanijiri 

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Image Credit: Makoto Tanijiri

Makoto Tanijiri created his design studio, also known as Suppose Design Office,  in 2000 and is considered as Japan’s most prolific medium-sized architecture and design firms. However, Tanijiri’s path to success was somewhat different from the route taken by his contemporaries.

Arata Isozaki

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Image Credit: Arata Isozaki

Since opening his firm in Tokyo in 1963 at the age of 32, Isozaki has a catalog of buildings that stand as a testament to Vitruvius’s creed. Isozaki, who has built museums, towers, bridges, libraries, furniture, corporate offices, pavilions, sports complexes, concert halls, and college buildings, among other structures. “Extravagance is, for me, complete silence,” said Isozaki. “Nothingness, that is extravagant.”

Atsushi Kitagawara

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Image Credit: Atsushi Kitagawara

The Kitakawahara Thermal Architecture Research Institute was founded in 1980 by Kitakawahara Thermal and reorganized into a corporation in 1982 and began full-scale design work. Shibuya’s cinema building Rise, completed in 1986, was noted for its creative design, and many visitors from overseas visited. In 1991, he was awarded the Japan Architects Association Newcomer Award at the urban-type apartment complex and was selected as the designer of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department East Japan Bridge Police Box at the Tokyo Designers Selection Committee the same year and received the Tokyo Architecture Award.

Shigeru Ban

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Image Credit: Shigeru Ban

Known his innovative work with paper, particularly recycled cardboard tubes used to quickly and efficiently build house disaster victims, this renowned architect serves as a worldwide inspiration.  In 2014, he won the Pritzker Award for his innovative use of the material and his dedication to humanitarian efforts around the world, calling him “a committed teacher who is not only a role model for a younger generation but also an inspiration.”

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