Fumihiko Maki 

Pritzker Prize Laureate (1993) 
Renowned Japanese architect, and Principal of Maki and Associates, Tokyo

About the speaker

Mr Fumihiko Maki is recognised for his architectural and urban design work fusing concepts of the East and West, as well as the 'Fumihiko Maki’s Rational Approach' – the intelligent combination of technology with craftsmanship and delicate details. A winner of numerous awards, including the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1993, his representative works include Hillside Terrace, Spiral, the National Museum of Modern Art Kyoto, Republic Polytechnic Singapore and the recently-completed MIT Media Arts and Sciences Building.

About the lecture: Modernity and the Construction of Scenery

The planning and design of academic institutions have been changing dramatically in the last decades. These transformations stem from several reasons: emergence of new teaching programs, the evolving relationship between academic institution and the general public, and the development of mixed-use or multi-purpose functions. Consequently, new spatial systems continue to emerge.

Maki and Associates has been involved with designing numerous academic institutions since the founding of the practice, and remains actively engaged worldwide today. The designs continue to reflect and respond to these new trends.

The lecture focused on these recent experiences and contextualised these experiences in this age of globalisation. The lecture also included a number of other projects currently in progress, introducing the various works of Maki and Associates such as the Toyota Memorial Hall at Nagoya University, Steinberg Hall at Washington University in St. Louis, MIT Media Arts and Sciences Building and even Republic Polytechnic Campus in Singapore.