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In this Japanese name, the family name is Sejima.
Kazuyo Sejima
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Personal information
Name Kazuyo Sejima
Nationality Japanese
Birth date 1956 (age 64–65)
Birth place Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan
Alma mater Japan Women's University
Awards Schelling Architekturpreis 2000
Rolf Schock Prize 2005
Pritzker Prize 2010

Kazuyo Sejima (妹島 和世 born 1956?) is a Japanese architect and university professor at Tama Art University and Keio University in Tokyo. Sejima won the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2010.[1]


Sejima worked in the design office of Toyo Ito.

In 1987, she started her own company, Kazuyo Sejima and Associates in 1987.

In 1995, she started a partnership with Ryūe Nishizawa in Tokyo.[1] It was called SANAA.[2]

In 2005-2008, she was a visiting professor at the School of Architecture at Princeton University, in Princeton, New Jersey.

In 2010, Sejima became Director of the Architecture Sector for the Venice Biennale. She organized the 12th Annual International Architecture Exhibition. She is the first woman to be in that position.


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Name City State/Country Completed Other Information Image
Platform I[3] Katsura Chiba, Japan 1988
Platform II[4] Kitagoma Yamanashi, Japan 1990
Castelbajac Sports Store[5] Kanagawa, Japan 1991
Saishunkan Seiyaku Women's Dormitory[6] Kumamoto Kumamoto, Japan 1991
Pachinko Parlor I[7] Hitachi Ibaraki, Japan 1993
Pachinko Parlor II[8] Naka Ibaraki, Japan 1993
Police Box at Chofu Station[9] Tokyo, Japan 1994 Police Office in Chofu Station, at Chofu Tokyo Japan
Villa in the Forest[10] Chino Nagano, Japan 1994
Gifu Kitagata Apartment Building[11] Gifu Gifu, Japan 1998 Kitagata Housing Project
U-Office Building[12] Ushiku Ibaraki, Japan 1998 Hitachino Rifle, at Ushiku Ibaraki Japan Store[13] Tokyo, Japan 2000, at Harajyuku Tokyo Japan
Asahi Shimbun Yamagata Office Building,[14] Yamagata, Japan 2003
House in a Plum Grove,[15] Tokyo, Japan 2003
Onishi Civic Center,[16] Onishi Gunma, Japan 2005
De Kunstlinie Theater and Cultural Center,[17] Almere Netherlands 2007


  • Platform III House, Tokyo, Japan, 1990
  • Nasumoahara Harmony Hall,[18] Tochigi Prefecture, Japan, 1991
  • Service Center at the Tokyo Expo 96,[19] Tokyo, Japan, 1995
  • Yokohama International Port Terminal,[20] Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, 1994


  • Venice Biennale Golden Lion, 2004.[1]
  • Pritzker Prize, 2010.[1]
  • Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal, 2019[21]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Kazuyo Sejima & Ryue Nishizawa–2010 Laureates, Biography". Retrieved 2012-3-1.
  2. SANAA is an acronym. SANAA stands for "Sejima And Nishizawa And Associates".
  3. ArchSource, "Platform I". Retrieved 2012-3-1.
  4. ArchSourc, "Platform II". Retrieved 2012-3-1.
  5. ArchSource, "Castelbajac Sports Store". Retrieved 2012-3-1.
  6. Arch Source, "Saishunkan Seiyaku Women’s Dormitory". Retrieved 2012-3-1.
  7. ArchSource, "Pachinko Parlor I". Retrieved 2012-3-1.
  8. ArchSource, "Pachinko Parlor II". Retrieved 2012-3-1.
  9. ArchSource, "Police Box at Chofu Station". Retrieved 2012-3-1.
  10. ArchSource, "Villa in the Forest". Retrieved 2012-3-1.
  11. ArchSource, "Gifu Kitagata Apartment Building". Retrieved 2012-3-1.
  12. ArchSource, "U-Building,". Retrieved 2012-3-1.
  13. ArchSource, ",". Retrieved 2012-3-1.
  14. ArchSource, "Asahi Shimbun Yamagata Building". Retrieved 2012-3-1.
  15. ArchSource, "House ina Plum Grove"; Stories of Houses, "House in a Plum Grove (Tokyo)". Retrieved 2012-3-1.
  16. ArchSource, "Multipurpose Facility in Onishi". Retrieved 2012-3-1.
  17. ArchSource, "De Kunstlinie Theater and Cultural Center". Retrieved 2012-3-1.
  18. ArchSource, "Nasunogahara Harmony Hall. Retrieved 2012-3-1.
  19. ArchSource, "Tokyo Expo 96 Facilities Building". Retrieved 2012-3-1.
  20. ArchSource, "Yokohama International Port Terminal". Retrieved 2012-3-1.
  21. "Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medalists in Architecture" (in en). 2019-03-06. 

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