Kazuyo Sejima, Principal (b. 1956, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan) studied architecture at the Japan Women’s University and launched her own practice, Kazuyo Sejima + Associates, in 1987 and was named Young Architect of the year in Japan in 1992. In 1995, Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa founded the Tokyo-based firm SANAA (Sejima + Nishizawa and Associates). She was awarded the Pritzker Prize in 2010.
Ryue Nishizawa, Principal (b. 1966, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan) studied architecture at the Yokohama National University. In 1995 Sejima and Nishizawa founded the Tokyo-based firm SANAA. He has also maintained an independent architectural practice, Office of Ryue Nishizawa, since 1997. In 2010, he was awarded the Pritzker Prize.
SANAA is an architecture and design firm based in Tokyo, Japan founded by Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa in 1995.
Comprised of international architects and staff working on projects ranging in scale from residential and interior design to large complex buildings and urban planning schemes, as well as product and furniture design, SANAA approaches each project with a fresh perspective, believing that each design arises from conditions particular to the site and program. Each project is special and is closely followed by the two founding principles, as well as partners Yoshitaka Tanase, Yumiko Yamada, and Rikiya Yamamoto.
SANAA works internationally and recent major works include 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa in Japan, De Kunstline Theater and Cultural Center in The Netherlands, The Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion and the New Museum of Contemporary Art in the USA, Rolex Learning Center in Switzerland, and the Louvre-Lens in France.
SANAA’s current projects include the La Samaritaine department store in Paris, France and the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, Israel.