Kengo Kuma (born 1954 in Kanagawa, Japan) is recognized as one of the great architects of the 21st century. He received an M.A. in architecture from the University of Tokyo in 1979. In 1985, he received an ACC Fellowship to serve as a visiting scholar at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture and Planning.
In 1987, Kuma founded Spatial Design Studio in Tokyo, and in 1990, he established his current practice Kengo Kuma & Associates. In 2008, Kuma earned a Ph.D. from Keio University, and in 2009 began his professorship at the University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Architecture.
Kuma's mission is to "recover the tradition of Japanese buildings" and to reinterpret it for the 21st century. Taking inspiration from light and nature, Kuma’s work has transformed the field of contemporary architecture.