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Fumihiko Maki


Spiral Building in Tokyo, 1985

Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis, 2006

Hillside West (1998)

Yokohama Island Tower, Yokohama Japan (2003)

The National Institute for Japanese Language, Tokyo (2005)

MIT Media Lab Extension, Cambridge, Massachusetts (2009)
Fumihiko Maki (born September 6, 1928 in Tokyo) is a Japanese architect who teaches at Keio University SFC. He often uses metal and glass materials for his buildings.

After studying at the University of Tokyo, graduating in 1952, he moved to the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, graduating with a Masters degree in 1953, and then to Harvard Graduate School of Design, graduating with a Master of Architecture degree in 1954.

In 1956, he took a post as assistant professor of architecture at Washington University in St. Louis, where he also was awarded his first commission: the design of Steinberg Hall (an art center) on the university's Danforth Campus. This building remained his only completed work in the United States until 1993, when he completed the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts building in San Francisco. In 2006, he returned to Washington University in St. Louis to design the new home for the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum and Walker Hall.

In 1960 he returned to Japan to help establish the Metabolism Group.

He worked for Skidmore, Owings and Merrill in New York and for Sert Jackson and Associates in Cambridge, Massachusetts and founded Maki and Associates in 1965.

In 1993 he received the Pritzker Prize at the Prague Castle. In 2006, he was invited to join the judging panel for an international design competition for the new Gardens by the Bay in Singapore.

Maki designed an extension building for the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which was completed in 2009.

After completing a $330 million expansion of the United Nations building in Manhattan, Maki is designing Tower 4 at the former World Trade Center site which is scheduled to open in 2013.

Most recently, it has been revealed that he will be designing the London campus of the Aga Khan University along with a cultural centre as part of the King's Cross development project. These will be Maki's first European projects and represent the third and fourth Aga Khan projects for Maki, who also designed the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat in Ottawa and Aga Khan Museum in Toronto.