Kazuyo Sejima

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Kazuyo Sejima, 2009

Kazuyo Sejima ( Japanese 妹 島 和 世 , Sejima Kazuyo ; * 1956 in Ibaraki Prefecture , Japan ) is a Japanese architect. She is the winner of the Pritzker Prize .


Kazuyo Sejima studied at the Nihon Joshi Daigaku private women's university and graduated in 1981. From 1981 she worked at Toyo Ito . In 1987 she started her own business and founded the Kazuyo Sejima & Partner office. Together with Ryūe Nishizawa (* 1966), her former employee, she has been running the architecture office SANAA in Tokyo since 1995 . Since 1995 she has been giving guest lectures at the Nihon Joshi Daigaku.

Her clear designs are characterized by modernity and an understanding of space. Among other things, she designed the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York. For the world cultural heritage Zeche Zollverein in Essen , she designed the cube-shaped building that is now used by the Folkwang University .

In 2010, Kazuyo Sejima became the first woman to head the Venice Architecture Biennale.

On November 15, 2013, Kazuyo Sejima received an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Stuttgart . In 2015 she was elected an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters .

Since 2015 she has been teaching in succession to Zaha Hadid at the Institute for Architecture at the University of Applied Arts Vienna .


Kazuyo Sejima, 2009

In 2000, Kazuyo Sejima was awarded the Erich Schelling Architecture Prize.

Together with Ryue Nishizawa, Kazuyo Sejima received the Rolf Schock Prize in 2005 and the Berlin Art Prize of the Academy of Arts in 2007.

Kazuyo Sejima and Nishizawa received the Pritzker Prize 2010. The Pritzker jury recognized their “graceful and powerful” as well as “clear and flowing” designs.

Works (selection)

The remarkable project "House in a Plumgrove" (house in a plum grove) is a 77 m² single-family home in Tokyo. Each function has its own space here, but these are connected by different window openings. The acoustic and visual simultaneity of all rooms achieved through the networking of the rooms can be interpreted as an architectural counterpart to the cross-references of modern information technology. Also in other projects, such as B. the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, this equality of all spaces (lack of hierarchy) can be observed.


Web links

Commons : Kazuyo Sejima  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Honorary doctorate
  2. Honorary Members: Kazuyo Sejima. American Academy of Arts and Letters, accessed March 22, 2019 .
  3. ^ Architectural draft 1: Studio Sejima . Retrieved September 1, 2017.
  4. dpa : Pritzker Prize. Japanese architect duo awarded. In: Frankfurter Rundschau of March 30, 2010, p. 31
  5. ^ Gerhard Matzig : Spaces for the senses. ( Memento of April 2, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) In: Süddeutsche Zeitung of March 30, 2010, p. 14