Japan is a known state with a lot of talented minds. In design, architecture, fashion design, especially street style. Japanese architecture is a well known architecture with a specific minimalism, but unique style, always remaining with the Japanese touch of style.

Kengo Kuma is a Japanese architect and professor at the Graduate School of Architecture at the University of Tokyo, and he is also notes for his prolific writings. After graduating in Architecture at University of Tokyo , he worked for a time at Nihon Sekkei and Toda Corporation, and then he moved to New York City in the USA for further studies at Columbia University as a visiting researcher from 1985 to 1986. In 1987, Kengo founded the “Spatial Design Studio” , and in 1990, he established his own office “Kengo Kuma & Associates” . At the Keio University, Kuma was awarded his Ph.D in Architecture.

Kengo Kuma & Associates employs over 150 architects in Tokyo and Paris.

His states goal is to recover the tradition of Japanese buildings and to reinterpret these traditions for the 21st century.

suntory museum , tokyo - architecture
Suntory Museum, Tokyo

In 1997, Kengo Kuma won the Architectural Institute of Japan Award, and in 2009 was made and Officier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France.  He is the author of numerous books and articles discussing and criticizing approaches in contemporary architecture. His projects maintain an interest in the manipulation of light with nature through materiality.

Kuma’s famous projects: Suntory Museum of Art in Tokyo, Bamboo Wall House in China, LVMH Group’s Japan headquarters , Besanco Art Center i France, and spa in the Caribbean for Mandarin Oriental Dellis Cay.


Kengo Kuma’s LAB, called Kuma Lab is a research Laboratory headed by Kuma based in the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering at the University of Tokyo’s Hongo Campus that was started in 2009. In 2012, Kuma Lab published the book Patterns and Layering, Japanese Spatial Culture, Nature and Architecture,including the research from various Doctoral Candidate Lab members.

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