Kazuyo Sejima

Founding Partner / SANAA

Tokyo (JP)

Born in Ibaraki, Japan, Kazuyo Sejima received a degree in architecture at the Japan Women‘s University in 1981. Upon completion of her studies, she began working in the office of architect Toyo Ito. In 1987, she opened her own studio in Tokyo and then in 1995, together with Ryue Nishizawa, she founded SANAA. Her own works include House in Plum Grove and the Inujima Art House project. SANAA’s main works include the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, the Rolex Learning Center (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne), the Louvre Lens, and Grace Farms. In 2010, Kazuyo Sejima was appointed as director of Venice Biennale. In the same year, Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA were the recipients of the Pritzker Architecture Prize. 

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