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Born in Osaka in 1971, he received in 1997 a master’s degree from the Kyoto University Graduate School of Engineering. After working at Toyo Ito & Associates, he established akihisa hirata architecture office in 2005. He is currently a specially-appointed associate professor at the Tohoku University and a part-time lecturer at the Kyoto University and at the Tokyo University.
He has been awarded with the 19th Japan Institute of Architects Newcomer Prize, second prize in the Kaoshiung Maritime Cultural & Popular Music Center International Competition (2011), Elita Design Award (2012), Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale with Toyo Ito, Naoya Hatakeyama, Sou Fujimoto, Kumiko Inui (2012), first prize in the Kamaishi City Disaster Recovery Public Housing Proposal (2012) and first prize in the Ota City Library and Museum Proposal (2014).
He has lectured at Bauhaus Dessau, Harvard University, University of British Columbia, Queensland University, and currently lectures at Architecture Foundation in London. His work has been exhibited in Tokyo, UK and Belgium, and presented at Art Basel, Frieze Art Fair and Salone del Mobile in Milan.
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