Y-GSA Yokohama Graduate School of Architecture

Ryue Nishizawa

The Shape of Architecture to Come

The city and architecture are things powerful enough to change the lifestyles and the ways of thought of those who live in them. Conversely, new ways of life or new values on our part may demand changes in the city and architecture. The city and architecture on the one hand and human lifestyles on the other are in a creative relationship, in which each side influences and shapes the other. What then will the new lifestyles and new architecture from this time forward be like?
The Ryue Nishizawa Studio will study models of the city and architecture of the new age. It will consider the ways human beings live in the new age; it will consider society, and strive to develop the architecture of a new era that expresses dynamically the values from this time forward.
In most ordinary studios, the city is a given condition for the planning of architecture, but in the Nishizawa Studio the city and architecture will be simultaneously the subject of planning. The studio will also study architecture and the city in the context of the existing city and history of Yokohama.

Ryue Nishizawa Profile

photo of Ryue Nishizawa

Born in Tokyo, 1966. Completed master's program, Yokohama National University, 1990. Joined Kazuyo Sejima & Associates, 1990. Founded SANAA with Kazuyo Sejima, 1995. Founded Office of Ryue Nishizawa, 1997. Assistant professor, Yokohama National University, 2001. Since 2010, professor, Y-GSA. His many works include Multimedia Workshop *, 1996 (AIJ Prize); 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art *, Kanazawa, 2004 (AIJ Prize); Teshima Art Museum, 2010. Golden Lion, International Architecture Exhibition, Venice Biennale, 2004; Pritzker Prize, 2010. [* = collaboration with Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa/ SANAA]