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Kazuyo Sejima Architect News

Jan 30, 2018
The Hyatt Foundation Appoints Kazuyo Sejima as Jury Member for The Pritzker Architecture Prize

Kazuyo Sejima Architect in Venice, Italy
photo : Giorgio Zucchiatti, Courtesy La Biennale di Venezia

Chicago, IL (January 30, 2018) – The Pritzker Architecture Prize appoints 2010 Pritzker Laureate Kazuyo Sejima as the newest member of the Pritzker Prize Jury. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the accolade, which has come to be known internationally as architecture’s highest honor.

Kazuyo Sejima runs the celebrated Japanese architects office SANAA with Ryue Nishizawa
Kazuyo Sejima Venice
image © Adrian Welch

Kazuyo Sejima Pritzker Prize 2018 Juror

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Kazuyo Sejima Named as First Rolex Architecture Mentor

Rolex mentoring programme extended to architecture

Venice, 28 August, 2012 – Japanese architect Kazuyo Sejima has been named as the first architecture mentor in the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, it was announced today at the 13th International Architecture Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia.

Kazuyo Sejima Architect of SANAA in Venice
photograph : Giorgio Zucchiatti, Courtesy La Biennale di Venezia

Kazuyo Sejima in Venice
Direttore della 12. Mostra Internazionale di Architettura – La Biennale di Venezia
Director of the 12th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia:

Kazuyo Sejima Architect, SANAA
photo : Giorgio Zucchiatti, Courtesy La Biennale di Venezia

Architecture will now be added as a seventh category in Rolex’s global philanthropy programme, which includes literature, music, visual arts, dance, film and theatre.

Photo of the architect, as the Director of 12th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice
Kazuyo Sejima architect
photo © Adrian Welch

Sejima, a partner in the architecture practice SANAA, joins a distinguished line-up of Rolex mentors for the current cycle of the programme, which pairs major artists with rising young talents. They are: Margaret Atwood (literature), Patrice Chéreau (theatre), Gilberto Gil (music), William Kentridge (visual arts), Lin Hwai-min (dance) and Walter Murch (film).

Sejima’s protégé will be named in autumn 2012. The young architect will be invited to spend time over a period of a year working on Home For All. The project was created by Sejima and other leading Japanese architects – Toyo Ito, Riken Yamamoto, Hiroshi Naito and Kengo Kuma – to respond to the housing crisis following the devastation caused by the 2011 tsunami in Japan.

Sejima and her partner Ryue Nishizawa won the Golden Lion at the 2004 Venice Architecture Biennale for the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Japan. In 2010, they won architecture’s highest accolade, the Pritzker Prize, and that year Sejima became the first woman appointed as director of the architecture sector of the Venice Biennale. Among her major works is the 2010 Rolex Learning Center for the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), an architectural landmark in Switzerland, of which Rolex was the lead private funding partner.

Venice Biennale 2012

la biennale di venezia director
Kazuyo, the Director of 12th International Architecture Exhibition, People meet in architecture (29 Aug – 21 Nov 2010). She is the first woman to direct the Architecture Sector of the Biennale. Venice Biennale : photos of this architect

Kazuyo Sejima, SANAA Architects – Key Buildings

Buildings / Projects by architect Kazuyo Sejima, alphabetical:

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan
Date built: 2004
Museum of Contemporary Art Kanazawa
photo © 2008 SANAA

De Kunstlinie – Almere Theatre / Almere Arts Centre, The Netherlands
Date built: 2007
De Kunstlinie
photo © Adrian Welch
Almere Arts Centre Building

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2009, London, UK
Serpentine Gallery Pavilion SANAA
image © Nick Weall
Serpentine Pavilion

Derek Lam Boutique, New York City, USA
Date built: 2009
Derek Lam New York Store
photograph from DLM
Derek Lam Manhattan Store

Glass Pavilion, Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio, USA
Date built: 2006
Museum of Art Toledo
picture © 2008 SANAA

New Museum of Contemporary Art – Extension, SoHo, Manhattan, USA
Dates built: 2006-07
New York Museum of Contemporary Art
photograph from SANAA, 2007
New York Museum of Contemporary Art Building

Rolex Learning Center, Ecole Polytechnique Federale, Switzerland
Date built: 2010
Rolex Learning Center
image from architect
Rolex Learning Center Building

Zollverein School of Management & Design, Essen, Germany
Date built: 2006
Zollverein School of Management
photo © 2008 Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA
Zollverein School Building

Camp Nou Stadium Redevelopment – Competition entry, Barcelona, Spain
Date built: 2007
Camp Nou Stadium
image from SANAA, 2007
Camp Nou Stadium Competition : Spanish Architecture Competition

More buildings / projects by this Japanese architect online soon

Location: Ibaraki prefecture, Japan, eastern Asia

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Born in 1956.

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SANAA : Kazuyo Sejima (right) and Ryue Nishizawa (left)
Sejima Nishizawa
picture © 2008 SANAA ; photograph © Takashi Okamoto

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Toyota Woven City, Susono City, Shizuoka
Architect: BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group
Toyota Woven City, Susono City, Shizuoka, Japan
image : Squint Opera
Toyota Woven City, Susono, Shizuoka

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