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Kengo Kuma


Kengo Kuma was born in 1954.
He established Kengo Kuma & Associates in 1990.
He is currently a University Professor and Professor Emeritus at the University of Tokyo after teaching at Keio University and the University of Tokyo.

KKAA projects are currently underway in more than 30 countries. Kengo Kuma proposes architecture that opens up new relationships between nature, technology, and human beings.

His major publications include Ten Sen Men ("point, line, plane", Iwanami Shoten), Hito no Sumika ("shelters for people", Shincho Shinsho), Makeru Kenchiku (Architecture of Defeat, Iwanami Shoten), Shizen na Kenchiku (Natural Architecture, Iwanami Shinsho), Chii-sana Kenchiku (Small Architecture, Iwanami Shinsho) and many others.

Teaching and Professorships

2020 -

Special/Honorary Professor at University of Tokyo

2019 -

Senior Specially Appointed Professor at Waseda University

2018 -

President at Kochi Prefectural Forestry College

2014 -

Visiting Professor at Tokyo University of the Arts

2009 - 2020

Professor at the Graduate School of Architecture, University of Tokyo

2007 - 2008

Visiting Professor at the School of Architecture,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Chicago, USA)

2001 - 2009

Professor at the Faculty of Science and Technology, Keio University

1998 - 1999

Professor at the Faculty of Environmental Information, Keio University


Lecturer at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University (New York, USA)

1985 - 1986

Visiting Scholar at Graduate School, Columbia University and Asian Cultural Council (USA)



The Most Influential People of 2021 (Time Magazine)


John D. Rockefeller 3rd Award

Military Order of Savoy (Cavaliere di Gran Croce) (Grand Cross of the Equestrian Order)

Medal with Purple Ribbon 2018


AIJ Education Award


“Sustainable Architecture” Global Award

The 15th Public Buildings Award /
Category of Governmental Building for "City Hall Plaza Aore, Nagaoka”

Iconic Award for “China Academy of Art’s Folk Art Museum”

1st Prize, Wooden Architecture Award (France) for “Mont-Blanc Base Camp”


The Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’s Art Encouragement Prize for “Yusuhara Wooden Bridge Museum”


Mainichi Art Award for “Nezu Museum”


Decoration Officier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France)


Energy Performance + Architecture Award (France)

Bois Magazine International Wood Architecture Award (France)


Spirit of Nature Wood Architecture Award (Finland)


Togo Murano Award for “Nakagawa-machi Bato Hiroshige Museum”

International Stone Architecture Award (Italy) for “Stone Museum”


Architectural Institute of Japan Award for “Noh Stage in the Forest”

AIA Benedictus Award (USA) for “Water / Glass”


Nakagawa Machi Bato Hiroshige Museum

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Great Bamboo Wall

Photo copyright by  Satoshi Asakawa

Yusuhara Wooden Bridge Museum

Photo copyright by Takumi Ota

V & A Dundee

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Japan National Stadium

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Lever Handle

Beginning with its intricate latticework, Japanese architecture is defined by its detailed and elegant lines.
In this lever handle, we combine the gentle texture of metal with the ultimate expression of Japan's thin architectural lines.

commented by Kengo Kuma

Lever Handle

Pursuing a thinness and transparency much like a Japanese sword, we arrived at this breathtaking design. Our vision was to create something not only sharp but also gentle enough to conform seamlessly to the user’s hand.

commented by Kengo Kuma
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