Kazuyo Sejima

Founder and Architect at SANAA, Japan & Pritzker Prize laureate 2010


Kazuyo Sejima, born in the Ibaraki region of Japan, studied at Japan Women’s University, graduating with a Master in Architecture in 1981. That same year she joined Toyo Ito architects & associates where she worked until 1987, the year in which she founded her own firm, Kazuyo Sejima & Associates. In 1995, she formed a partnership with Ryue Nishizawa and created the SANAA architecture office.  Both architects were awarded the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2010.

A professor at Keio University, guest professor at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design as well as at the ETH in Zurich, Kazuyo Sejima was the chief curator of the 2010 Venice Biennale of Architecture. For this event she chose the theme “People Meet in Architecture”, questioning the concept of the “encounter”, a recurrent theme in her own work, particularly in the program for the house. Among her most famous buildings, which have been built  worldwide, are; a factory building for furniture company Vitra in Germany, a new campus for Israel’s principal design school, the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, and a Cultural Centre for one of Taiwan’s fastest-developing cities, Taichung and numerous museums, such as the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York,   Louvre-Lens, France, and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan,  among others.