Japan Pavilion at the 12th International Architecture Exhibition, the Venice Biennale in 2010: Biographies

Commissioner / Koh Kitayama

Born in Kagawa Prefecture in 1950. Graduated from the Architecture Department in the Engineering Faculty at Yokohama National University in 1976 and completed a graduate degree in the same department in 1980. Director of architecture WORKSHOP. Has participated in many international traveling exhibitions of architecture. Played a central role in establishing Y-GSA, a graduate school focusing on studio system with the aim of fostering young architects. Has served as a judge for a wide range of architecture proposals and competitions. Principal works include Katta Public General Hospital (collaborative project; recipient of Japan Institute of Architecture Award and others); Shiroishi Elementary School No. 2 (collaborative project; recipient of Annual Architectural Design Commendation (AIJ) and others); Funabashi Mini Housing Development, A & B Wings (recipient of Good Design Award and others); G-FLAT(collaborative project; recipient of Annual Architectural Design Commendation(AIJ)). Published works include On the Situation (TOTO); Ours (co-author; INAX).

Exhibitor / Yoshiharu Tsukamoto

Born in Kanagawa Prefecture in 1965. Graduated from the Architecture Department in the Engineering Faculty at the Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1987. Attended the Ecole d'Architecture de Paris-Belleville (UP8) from 1987 to 1988. Founded Atelier Bow-Wow with Momoyo Kaijima in 1992. Completed a Doctor of Engineering program at the Tokyo Institute of Technology Graduate School in 1994. Has shown his work in various international art and architecture exhibitions including the Venice Biennale, other biennales and triennales in Gwangju, Shanghai, Istanbul, and Sao Paulo, and at the Netherlands Architecture Institute and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. Principal works include Mini House (winner of Tokyo Society of Architects and Building Engineers' Gold Prize in Residential Architecture, and the Yoshioka Prize); and House & Atelier Bow-Wow (recipient of Good Design Award). In addition to published works such as Pet Architecture Guidebook (co-author, World Photo Press), Made in Tokyo (co-author, Kajima Institute), and Graphic Anatomy Atelier Bow-Wow (TOTO Publishing), has published numerous essays and criticism on architecture.

Exhibitor / Ryue Nishizawa

Born in Kanagawa Prefecture in 1966. After graduating from the Architecture Department in the Engineering Faculty at Yokohama National University in 1988 and completing a graduate degree in the same department in 1990, joined Kazuyo Sejima and Associates. In 1995, founded SANAA (Sejima and Nishizawa and Associates) with Sejima. Founded own firm, Office of Ryue Nishizawa, in 1997. Awarded the Architectural Institute of Japan Prize in 1998; the Tokyo Society of Architects and Building Engineers' Gold Prize in Residential Architecture in 2000; the American Academy of Arts and Letters' Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize,s and the Architecture Award of Salzburg Vincenzo Scamozzi in 2002; the Golden Lion at the 9th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale in 2004; the 46th Mainichi Art Award, and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology's Young Scientists' Prize in 2005; the Rolf Schock Prize; the Architectural Institute of Japan Prize; and tue Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2010.

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