The Jerusalem Seminar in Architecture
Previous Conferences // 1998: Megaform as Urban Landscape // Speakers
21 - 23 June 1998

Fumihiko Maki

Fumihiko Maki received his B.Arch. from the University of Tokyo in 1952, and thereafter studied in the United States at Cranbrook (1953) and with Jose Luis Sert at Harvard (1954). He taught at Washington University and at the GSD Harvard from 1958 to 1967, during which time he became involved with the Japanese Metabolist Movement. In 1968 Maki returned to Japan to take up a professorship at Tokyo University and soon after began his own practice with the so-called Hillside Terrace Apartments. This unique piece of privately sponsored urban development has been under continuous development as a neighbourhood unit in the centre of Tokyo from 1969 to the present. Since his renowned Iwasaki Museum of 1979, Maki's architecture has evolved through the design of a series of institutional buildings of varying size and complexity, from university faculties to sport complexes, from cultural centres to schools. His award winning works of the last fifteen years include the Fujisanka Gymnasium (1984), the Wacoal Spiral Building, Tokyo (1985), the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto (1986), Tepia Science Pavilion, Tokyo (1989), and Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium (1990). In his gymnasiums and his Makahari Convention Center, the first phase of which was completed in Chiba, Japan in 1986, Maki has demonstrated a capacity to create landmark structures at a megalopolitan scale. Among his distinctions, he has been the recipient of the Wolf Prize (1988), the UIA Gold Medal and the Pritzker Prize, both of which were awarded in 1993.
Fumihiko Maki

Nippon Convention Center Makuhari Messe, Phase 2, Chiba, Japan
Photo: Shonji Kiatjima

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