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Work Hard: Kengo Kuma

Kengo Kuma is a Japanese architect that was born in Kanagawa Prefecture in 1954. In 1990 he established Kengo Kuma & Associates.

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The interview

1. When people ask you questions about architecture, what do they mainly ask you?

The commonest question is:
Your architectural works all seem to be located in beautiful environments, but would that method work in messy cities?

2. Which buildings have made the most impact on you?

Falling Water by Frank Lloyd Wright.

3. How would you describe the Kanagawa Prefecture’s architecture?

Kanagawa is the prefecture I was born in, but sadly there aren't many interesting architecture there. If I need to choose, Kanagawa Prefecture Museum by Junzo Sakakura maybe the one?

4. What has been the most challenging part of being an architect?

I would say exciting, rather than challenging, which is I've got to encounter with lots of new places and people all over the world.

5. What advice do you have for an aspiring designer?

Work hard and carefully on small projects, taking your time. No good to do big works when young.


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