Glass House Presents

Kengo Kuma

2:30pm – 3:30pm: Self-guided tour of the Glass House site
3:30pm – 4:30pm: Lecture
4:30pm – 5:00pm: Reception

Join distinguished architect Kengo Kuma for a lecture about his approach to design and current projects. Recent works include the China Academy of Art Museum in Xiangshan, China; the Besançon Art and Culture Center in Besançon, France; the Casa Wabi Coop in Oaxaca, Mexico; and the Birch Moss Chapel in Nagano, Japan.

Before establishing Kengo Kuma & Associates in 1990, Kengo Kuma received his Master’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Tokyo, where he is currently a Professor of Architecture. Having been inspired by Kenzo Tange’s Yoyogi National Gymnasium, built for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, Kengo Kuma decided to pursue architecture at a young age, and later entered the Architecture program at the University of Tokyo, where he studied under Hiroshi Hara and Yoshichika Uchida. During his Graduate studies, he made a research trip across the Sahara, exploring various villages and settlements, observing a unique power and beauty. After his time as a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University in New York, he established his office in Tokyo. Since then, Kengo Kuma & Associates has designed architectural works in over twenty countries and received prestigious awards, including the Architectural Institute of Japan Award, the Spirit of Nature Wood Architecture Award (Finland), and the International Stone Architecture Award (Italy), among others. Kengo Kuma & Associates aims to design architecture which naturally merges with its cultural and environmental surroundings, proposing gentle, human scaled buildings. The office is constantly in search of new materials to replace concrete and steel, and seeks a new approach for architecture in a post-industrial society.