Kengo Kuma was born in 1954. He established Kengo Kuma & Associates in 1990 and became Professor at the Graduate School of Architecture, University of Tokyo in 2009.
Among Kuma’s major works are Kirosan Observatory (1995), Water/Glass (1995, received AIA Benedictus Award), Stage in Forest, Toyoma Center for Performance Arts (1997 Architectural Institute of Japan Annual Award), Stone Museum (International Stone Architecture Award 2001), Bato-machi Hiroshige Museum (The Murano Prize). Recent works include Great Bamboo Wall (2002, Beijing, China), Nezu Museum (2009, Tokyo), Yusuhara Marche and Wooden Bridge Museum (2010). Along with V&A Dundee, a number of large projects are ongoing, including arts centres in Besancon and Granada.
An International Fellow of RIBA, UK, and Honorary Fellow of AIA in the US, Kuma is also a prolific writer / critic with books translated into English, Chinese and other languages. Kuma was one of seven international architects profiled in the ground-breaking architectural exhibition Sensing Spaces: Architecture Reimagined at the Royal Academy (Jan-April 2014). His site specific installation, inspired by a Ko-Do, the Japanese smell ceremony received rave reviews and underlined his status as one of architecture’s most exciting and rapidly rising stars.