Pritzker Structure Prize-winning architect Kazuyo Sejima has received this yr’s Jane Drew Prize for Structure for her contribution to elevating the profile of girls in structure.
Sejima is greatest often called the co-founder of the Japanese structure studio SANAA, which she based with Japanese architect Ryue Nishizawa in Tokyo in 1995.
The Jane Drew prize is given yearly as a part of the W Awards, a programme held by The Architectural Overview and Architects’ Journal, which was beforehand often called the Girls in Structure Awards.
Sejima joins Denise Scott Brown and Yasmeen Lari on the checklist of trailblazing architects to have beforehand received the prize, which is known as after the modernist pioneer Jane Drew.
Born in 1956, Sejima studied to grow to be an architect at Japan Girls’s College, earlier than happening to work for Toyo Ito. She began her personal studio Kazuyo Sejima & Associates in 1987, the place she employed Nishizawa when he was an structure pupil at Yokohama Nationwide College.
The duo established SANAA in 1995 and went on to obtain worldwide recognition along with main initiatives together with the twenty first Century Museum of Up to date Artwork in Kanazawa, which it designed in 2004.
In 2010, the studio received the Pritzker Structure Prize, which made Sejima the second girl to ever obtain the distinguished award after Zaha Hadid.
“Past the formal, structural and materials experimentation of her work, Sejima is one in every of too few feminine architects to have established themselves on the worldwide stage,” stated The Architectural Overview editor Manon Mollard.
“Her braveness, tenacity and success are vital reminders that it’s doable.”
Amongst SANAA’s different well-known initiatives are the New Museum of Up to date Artwork in New York, the Rolex Studying Middle in Switzerland and the newer Sydney Trendy – an extension to the Artwork Gallery of New South Wales in Australia.
Sejima can be a designer in her personal proper, having created a commuter prepare with large home windows and a multifunctional bag assortment for Prada outdoors of SANAA.
Coinciding with the Jane Drew Prize, Canadian architect, critic and philanthropist Phyllis Lambert has been named the recipient of the Ada Louise Huxtable Prize for 2023.
The prize, named after American structure critic Ada Louise Huxtable, is given by the W awards to girls who’ve contributed to the constructed surroundings whereas working within the wider architectural business.
Lambert, now 96, commissioned and labored with Mies van der Rohe to design the Seagram Constructing within the Fifties and based the Canadian Centre for Structure (CCA).
Sejima will communicate on the W Lunch on 3 Could at Battersea Arts Centre, the place the winners of two different awards winners shall be introduced – the Moira Gemmill Prize and MJ Lengthy Prize.
Final yr, architect, educator and author Farshid Moussavi was the winner of the Jane Drew Prize, whereas British-Palestinian artist Mona Hatoum received the Ada Louise Huxtable Prize.
In 2022, SANAA was named the structure laureate of the Praemium Imperiale awards by the Japan Artwork Affiliation.
The pictures are courtesy of The Japan Artwork Affiliation/The Sankei Shimbun until said in any other case.