In conversation with Seng Kuan, Kazuyo Sejima of SANAA reflects on Shinohara Kazuo’s influence on her and her generation, especially on the formative years of her practice and situated in the Tokyo architecture community in the 1980’s.
This is a rare opportunity to hear Sejima speak about this period of her career.
Born in Ibaraki Japan, Kazuyo Sejima received a degree in architecture from the Japan Women’s University in 1981. In 1987 she opened her own studio in Tokyo and then in 1995, together with Ryue Nishizawa, she founded SANAA. In 2010 Kazuyo Sejima was appointed director of the 12th International Architecture Exhibition of Venice Biennale. Her honors include the Japan Architecture Award, Venice Biennale Golden Lion Award, Pritzker Architecture Prize, Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Letters, and Medal with Purple Ribbon. She is currently a professor at the Polytechnic University of Milan,Yokohama Graduate School of Architecture (Y-GSA), and teaching at Japan Women’s University as a visiting professor.