The winner of the Royal Academy’s inaugural Architecture Prize for lifetime achievement on being a woman in a male-dominated field. After graduating from the Department of Architecture at Kanto Gakuin University, Itsuko Hasegawa became a research student in the Department of Architecture. archINFORM homepage of Itsuko Hasegawa (*) – Japanese architect, active in Tokyo [contains a list of buildings].

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The Royal Academy of Arts in London today announced that the renowned Japanese architect Itsuko Hasegawa has been awarded the Royal Academy Architecture Prizehonouring her inspiring and enduring contribution to the culture of architecture. These two itxuko different influences have informed a lifetime of work. The first in the annual awards, supported by the Dorfman Foundation, was decided by a distinguished international jury, chaired by the architect and Royal Academician Louisa Hutton.

Hadegawa founded her own practice inand after earning notoriety when she won the competition to design the Shonandai Cultural Centre in Fujisawa, Hasegawa was then commissioned to do a large number of projects across Japan including the Sumida Culture Factory, the Yamanashi Museum of Fruit, and the Fukuroi Workshop Centre.

Her buildings exude an optimism that could be interpreted as utopianism. Hasegawa seems to be speculating how one can change the world through architecture in employing the skills of the discipline—by designing and making buildings—in the service of society. As a jury we were unanimous in our decision, all agreeing that Hasegawa is an architect of great talent who has been under recognised. Through this prize we hope to bring her the much-needed recognition she deserves,” said Louisa Hutton RA, chair of the jury.


The architect in Japan, Go Hasegawa, is making very beautiful buildings with a strong feeling of materiality, while working with the same lightness of touch that we have all grown to love from Japanese architects. Whereas the architect in Ethiopia, Rahel Shawl, is working under totally different conditions. The five shortlistees represent architects from all over the world who are operating within very different cultural and economic contexts.

The Royal Academy is also pleased to share the shortlist for the first RA Dorfman Awardwhich champions global talent that represents the future of architecture. From a collective encouraging communities in Bogota to self-organise to build, to a woman architect mentoring the next generation in Ethiopia and another designing elegant homes in Japan, the shortlist displays the different nature of architecture being produced around the world.

It hopes to discover and bring to the fore unusual and highly sophisticated work that ranges from the social to the political and the very architectural to the technical. This truly eclectic range of talent represents the future of architecture.

Nominated and awarded by Royal Academicians alongside international curators and critics, the Royal Academy Architecture Prize honours an inspiring and enduring contribution to the culture of architecture, and the RA Dorfman Award champions new talent in architecture. Photo by Shigeru Ono. Suzu Performing Arts Center, ground floor plan. Suzu Performing Arts Center, section. Yamanashi Fruits Museum, Yamanashi, Japan, Photo by Itsuko Hasegawa. Shonandai Cultural Centre, Kanagawa, Japan, Photograph by Shuji Yamada.

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He studied with the architect Kiyonori Kikutake and worked haasegawa a research assistant for Kazuo Shinohara. Hasegawz was the first woman architect to create a public building. His career focused on the development of projects.


She has won numerous prizes and contests both in Japan and abroad. After graduating from the Department of Architecture at Kanto Gakuin UniversityinHasegawa began working as a graduate student in the laboratory of Kazuo Shinohara in the Department of Architecture of the Tokyo Institute of Technology.

After two years, he became his research assistant.

In she established Itsuko Hasegawa Atelier. Her projects include a variety of houses and public buildings. Part of her work has a great social commitment, Itsuko Hasegawa has never seen architecture as a singular creative act and isolated by an individual – on the contrary, she is convinced that the construction must be a social event. Hasegawa earned acclaim when she won first prize in the open competition to design the Shonandai Cultural Centre in Fujisawa.

Her residential projects also earned a Japan Cultural Design Award. Itsukoo has also lectured at numerous universities and was a visiting professor at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University in Also, in she received the Japanese Prime Minister’s Award for her contribution to the achievement of a gender equality society.

His work has been exhibited in London, Paris.

Moscow, Rotterdam, Oslo and Berlin. Finally, in he received the Royal Academy Architecture Prize.

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