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Fumihiko Maki : biography

September 6, 1928 -


After studying at the University of Tokyo, graduating in 1952, he moved to the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, graduating with a Masters degree in 1953, and then to Harvard Graduate School of Design, graduating with a Master of Architecture degree in 1954.

In 1956, he took a post as assistant professor of architecture at Washington University in St. Louis, where he also was awarded his first commission: the design of Steinberg Hall (an art center) on the university's Danforth Campus. This building remained his only completed work in the United States until 1993, when he completed the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts building in San Francisco. In 2006, he returned to Washington University in St. Louis to design the new home for the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum and Walker Hall.

In 1960 he returned to Japan to help establish the Metabolism Group.

He worked for Skidmore, Owings and Merrill in New York and for Sert Jackson and Associates in Cambridge, Massachusetts and founded Maki and Associates in 1965.

In 2006, he was invited to join the judging panel for an international design competition for the new Gardens by the Bay in Singapore.

Maki designed an extension building for the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which was completed in 2009., MIT Facilities website.

After completing a $330 million expansion of the United Nations building in Manhattan, Maki is designing Tower 4 at the former World Trade Center site which is scheduled to open in 2013.

Most recently, it has been revealed that he will be designing the London campus of the Aga Khan University along with a cultural centre as part of the King's Cross development project. These will be Maki's first European projects and represent the third and fourth Aga Khan projects for Maki, who also designed the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat in Ottawa and Aga Khan Museum in Toronto.

Gallery of works

File:Tsuda Hall.jpg|Tsuda Hall, Tokyo (1988) File:Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium Interior.jpg|Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium, Sendagaya Tokyo (1990) File:Nakatsu Obata Commemoration Library.jpg|Nakatsu Obata Commemoration Library, Nakatsu Ōita Japan (1993) File:Kaze-no-Oka Crematorium.jpg|Kaze-no-Oka Crematorium (1997) File:Hillside West.jpg|Hillside West (1998) File:TV Asahi Headquarters 2010.jpg|TV Asahi Headquarters, Tokyo (2003) File:Yokohama Island Tower.jpg|Yokohama Island Tower, Yokohama Japan (2003) File:The National Institute for Japanese Language.jpg|The National Institute for Japanese Language, Tokyo (2005) File:Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo.JPG|Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, Shimane Japan File:MIT Media Lab new building.jpg|MIT Media Lab Extension, Cambridge, Massachusetts (2009)


  • 1988: Wolf Prize in Arts
  • 1993: Pritzker Architecture Prize
  • 1993: International Union of Architects Gold Medal
  • 1999: Praemium Imperiale
  • 2011: AIA Gold Medal


  • Steinberg Hall at Washington University (1960s in St. Louis)
  • Hillside Terrace (1969– in Tokyo)
  • St. Mary's International School (1971 In Tokyo.)
  • Osaka Prefectural Sports Center (1972, Takaishi, Osaka)
  • Spiral (1985 In Tokyo.)
  • Makuhari Messe (1989 In Chiba.)
  • Keio University Shonan Fujisawa Campus (1990, Kanagawa)
  • Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium (1991 in Sendagaya, Tokyo)
  • Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (1993 in San Francisco)
  • Ensemble Global Gate (2000–2006 in Düsseldorf)
  • Office Building Solitaire (2001 in Düsseldorf)
  • TV Asahi (2003 In Tokyo.)
  • Republic Polytechnic (2006 in Singapore)
  • Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum and Walker Hall at Washington University (2006 in St. Louis)
  • Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat (2008 in Ottawa)
  • Building Square 3 at Novartis Campus (2009 in Basel, Switzerland)
  • Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania (2009 in Philadelphia)
  • MIT Media Lab Extension at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2009 in Cambridge, Massachusetts)
Works in progress
  • Aga Khan Museum in Toronto
  • United Nations new building in New York City
  • Tower 4 (150 Greenwich Street) of the new World Trade Center in New York City
  • Taipei Main Station of Taoyuan International Airport Access MRT System in Taipei
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