Seventh Edition 2019-2020
Junya Ishigami was born in Kanagawa (Japan) in 1974 and graduated from Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music. From 2000 he worked for Kazuyo Sejima & Associates, before founding in 2004 his own practice junya.ishigami+associates, an international architecture firm based in Tokyo.
The firm gained international recognition following the completion of the Kanagawa Institute of Technology Workshop in 2007, which was awarded the Architectural Institute of Japan Prize in 2009. Similar success followed with exhibitions at the 11th and 12th International Architecture Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia, where junya.ishigami+associates was awarded the Golden Lion for the Best Project of the 12th Biennale in 2010.
The office has continued to enjoy growing foreign attention for the wide range of design possibilities it explores, from numerous exhibitions and installation projects, such as ‘Balloon’ and ‘Table’, to large scale construction commissions. Current projects include the Kanagawa Institute of Technology cafeteria, the redevelopment of the Russian Polytechnic Museum in Moscow, the Atsugi City urban design and development (Kanagawa prefecture, Japan), and the Park Groot Vijversburg Project in the Netherlands. Regardless of scale, each project is approached from a limitless and open-ended creative perspective to deliver a unique and inspiring outcome.
Junya Ishigami has been associate professor at the Tohoku University (2010), and visiting professor in Harvard (2014) and Princeton (2015).