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post updated 3 Apr 2021

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Architecture News – latest additions to this page, arranged chronologically:

Oct 18, 2019
Building Beyond Place: RUR Engages Taiwan’s Architectural Cosmopolitanism, TAAC Tribeca / E. Tay Gallery, New York City, NY, USA
Building Beyond Place: RUR Engages Taiwan’s Architectural Cosmopolitanism
render courtesy of RUR Architecture, PC
Building Beyond Place RUR Exhibition
The architecture exhibition Building Beyond Place: RUR Engages Taiwan’s Architectural Cosmopolitanism at TAAC Tribeca/ E.Tay Gallery in New York ran from September 19 until October 17.

Apr 10, 2019
Jesse Reiser & Nanako Umemoto, L.A., CA, USA

UCLA Architecture and Urban Design Lecture

Projects and Their Consequences, Princeton Architectural Press, 2019

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 from 6:30 pm-8 pm

UCLA Architecture and Urban Design
1317 Perloff Hall, UCLA
Los Angeles, California

Join us Wednesday, April 10 at 6:30 PM in the Decafé for a lecture by
Jesse Reiser and Nanako Umemoto, founders of RUR Architecture

18 Jun 2013
Taipei Pop Music Center Building, Taiwan, Republic of China
Design: Reiser + Umemoto / ARUP
Taipei Pop Music Center building design by RUR Architecture
render courtesy of RUR Architecture, PC
Taipei Pop Music Center Building
Reiser + Umemoto, RUR Architecture PC, is proud to announce that the groundbreaking of the Taipei Pop Music Center will take place Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at the center’s new site on the edge of Taipei, Taiwan. Envisioned as a coherent environment that challenges the limitations of traditional performances spaces, the innovative new center will consist of several mixed-use spaces woven together into a dynamic, multi-purpose venue that reflects and supports the evolving culture of pop.

O-14 Book – launch news
O-14 Book
image from architects
Dec 6, 2012: O-14 Book Launch at Design Miami, FL, USA

O-14 tower, Business Bay, Dubai, UAE
O-14 tower Dubai Business Bay Skyscraper
photo : Nelson Garrido
O-14 tower : 22 storeys, commercial tower
O-14 is a twenty-two storey tall commercial tower perched on a two-storey podium in the heart of Dubai’s Business Bay. O-14 comprises 300,000 square feet and is a collaboration between RUR Architecture of New York and the Creek Side Development Company of Dubai. O-14 is located along the extension of Dubai Creek, occupying a prominent location on the waterfront esplanade.

The design of O-14 fundamentally shifts away from the architectural norm in current Dubai towers by eliminating the now obligatory curtain wall and above ground parking in favor of a shade-producing, concrete load-bearing shell and an open public space at the tower base achieved by moving the parking below ground.

Recent RUR Architecture News

Kaohsiung Port Terminal Competition
Reiser + Umemoto included in the shortlist for the Kaohsiung Port and Cruise Service Center International Competition in southern Taiwan, ROC. For this project, Reiser + Umemoto will partner with local architects Fei and Cheng and Associates, Taipei, Taiwan, with whom they are also working on their first-place winning Taipei Pop Music Center project, and also with Structural Engineers Ysrael A. Seinuk, PC (New York) with whom Reiser + Umemoto collaborated on their O-14 tower, currently finishing construction in Dubai, UAE.
Kaohsiung Port Terminal Competition

RUR Architecture – Key Projects

Featured Buildings by Reiser + Umemoto, alphabetical:

Alishan Tourist Infrastructure, Taiwan, China
International Design Competition winner

Shenzhen Airport, China
Shenzhen Airport design
image from RUR
Shenzhen Airport : winning design by Massimiliano Fuksas Architects

Taipei pop music center, Taiwan, China
Taipei Pop Music Center
image from RUR
Taipei Pop Music Center Design Competition : Reiser + Umemoto Win

More buildings / designs by RUR Architecture online soon

Location: New York City, NY, USA

RUR Architecture Practice Information

Reiser + Umemoto

Architects studio set up by Jesse Reiser and Nanako Umemoto in 1986

Practice : RUR Architecture office based in New York City


Jesse Reiser and Nanako Umemoto have practiced in New York City as Reiser + Umemoto, RUR Architecture P.C. since 1986. Jesse Reiser is currently an Associate Professor of Architecture at Princeton University. Nanako Umemoto is currently a Visiting Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and leads a yearly design workshop at Hong Kong University. Reiser + Umemoto, RUR Architecture P.C., an internationally recognized architectural firm, has built projects at a wide range of scales: from furniture design, to residential and commercial structures, up to the scale of landscape design and infrastructure.

RUR approaches each project as the continuation of an ongoing inquiry, delving into relationships among architecture, territory and systems of distribution. By working on projects of varying scales, from the architectural to the regional, RUR has developed flexible strategies and techniques that seek to open structures that are now ossified and to integrate domains that historically have been kept apart.

Jesse Reiser received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Cooper Union in New York and completed his Masters of Architecture at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, and in 1985, was appointed as a fellow of the American Academy in Rome.

Architect and Landscape Architect Nanako Umemoto graduated from Cooper Union following her studies at the School of Urban Design at the Osaka University of Art. In addition to teaching together at Columbia University, Reiser and Umemoto have individually taught and lectured at various educational and cultural institutions throughout the United States, Europe and Asia, and their work has been widely published and exhibited for over 20 years.

RUR was awarded the Chrysler Award for Excellence in Design in 1999, the Academy Award in Architecture by the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2000, and in May 2008, Jesse Reiser and Nanako Umemoto were awarded the Presidential Citation from President George Campbell of the Cooper Union for outstanding practical and theoretical contributions to the field of Architecture.


Shenzhen Airport Building
Shenzhen Airport by RUR Architecture – Rendering from SGLA 070508

NEW YORK – On May 28th 2008, Jesse Reiser and his partner Nanako Umemoto will receive the Cooper Union Presidential Citation from President George Campbell for outstanding practical and theoretical contributions to the field of architecture.

Jesse Reiser and Nanako Umemoto graduated from the Cooper Union in 1981 and 1983 respectively and began their partnership in 1985. Their innovative design work at RUR, which embraced a range of scales from residential to regional, is widely recognized internationally.

Reiser + Umemoto gained considerable international attention last year when they were awarded first place honors during the international jury phase of the Shenzhen Airport Competition. Other competing firms included Lord Norman Foster, Foreign Office Architects, Kisho Kurokowa, and Massimiliano Fuksas. Reiser + Umemoto’s cutting edge concrete shell design, a radical shift away from airport ‘Hi-Tech,’ ultimately proved too challenging to the local Chinese jury, but nevertheless confirmed Reiser + Umemoto’s status as leading practitioners in the field of architecture, thus contributing to the decision for their presidential citation.

Shenzhen Airport
Shenzhen Airport by RUR Architecture – Rendering from SGLA 070508

RUR Architecture also recently won first prize in the International Competition for the design of the Alishan Tourist Infrastructure in Taiwan, People’s Republic of China, which is due to begin construction in the coming year.

Currently, Reiser + Umemoto’s ‘Green Tower’ O-14 is under construction in Dubai. The building broke ground in February 2007.

In addition, Reiser + Umemoto are currently producing a prototype wall for the MoMA New York Home Delivery exhibition, scheduled to open in July 2008.

Reiser + Umemoto Book
A comprehensive monograph of Reiser + Umemoto’s architectural design work, projects and their consequences, is currently in production and was scheduled for publication by the Spanish publisher Actar in 2009. Their book Atlas of Novel Tectonics was released by Princeton Architectural Press in March 2006 supported by grants from the New York State Council of the Arts as well as from the Graham Foundation.

The RUR Architecture book which is now in its fourth printing has consistently been on the Bestseller List for the past two years, and was the recipient of the 2007 Gutenberg Prize from the Bundesamt fur Kultur in Bern.

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