SIA-GETZ 2008 Laureate –
Dr Hitoshi Abe
Dr Hitoshi Abe is a Japanese architect who studied architecture at Tohoku University and obtained his Masters in Architecture at the Southern California Institute of Architecture, in Los Angeles, USA. He is known for architecture that is spatially complex and structurally innovative. He is the founding principal of his own firm Atelier Hitoshi Abe. Abe is also the director of Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies and holds Terasaki Chair for contemporary Japanese study.
Dr Hitoshi Abe had maintained a practice in Sendai and won first place the Miyagi Stadium Competition in 1992 as well as a schedule of lecturing and publishing, which place him among the leaders in his field. The work of Atelier Hitoshi Abe has been published internationally and received numerous awards, including most recently the 2009 Architectural Institute of Japan Award for SSM/Kanno Museum, the 2009 Contract World Award for Aoba-tei, the 2008 SIA-Getz Prize for Emergent Architecture in Asia and the 2007 World Architecture Award for M/Kanno Museum, the 2005 Good Design Award for Sasaki Office Factory for Prosthetic, the 2003 Architectural Institute of Japan Award for Reihoku Community Hall, 2003 Business Week and Architectural Record Award for Sekii Ladies Clinic, 2001 Building Contractors Society Award for Miyagi Stadium, and 1999 Yoshioka Award for Yomiuri Media Miyagi Guest House.
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