2018 Hall of Fame Inductee: Kengo Kuma
"Renowned for merging architecture with nature and social responsibility, Kengo Kuma has become one of the most influential architects of our day...and the most prolific: having completed over 300 projects (but he modestly compares himself to wanting to reach Frank Lloyd Wright’s record of 800!). His immense portfolio of work shares a deep commitment to sustainability and creating new architecture with everyday materials...i.e., concrete walls that create transparency, allowing light to shine through; green walls that don’t just hug the building, but become it, so all things breathe. I am honored to induct him into Interior Design’s Hall of Fame on November 29th, 2018."
KENGO KUMA: THE ARCHITECT FOR HUMANITY
Since founding Kengo Kuma and Associates in 1990, Kuma has developed a remarkable portfolio of work in his home country as well as more than 20 countries globally. Some of Kuma’s most recognized works include the Asakusa Culture and Tourism Center in Tokyo, the Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum, Suntory Museum of Art in Tokyo, Bamboo Wall House in China, LVMH Group's Japan headquarters, Besançon Art Center in France, and numerous hospitality projects. He is a prolific architect with more than 300 projects in his illustrious career. In 2015, Kengo Kuma was chosen to design Tokyo's Olympic stadium for the 2020 games. Kuma heads up Kuma Lab, a Research Laboratory based in the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering at the University of Tokyo's Hongo Campus.
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