Akihisa Hirata Architecture Office
Akihisa Hirata studied architecture at University of Tokyo and completed postgraduate studies at Kyoto University Graduate School of Engineering. He worked for Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects, from 1997 until 2005, when he founded Akihisa Hirata Architecture Office in Tokyo. Hirata’s recent works includes the Higashi Totsuka Church (2015), in Yokohama, and Kotoriku Meguroku Collective Housing (2012-14), in Tokyo. He has lectured at Harvard Graduate School of Design, Bauhaus Dessau, and the Bartlett School of Architecture at University College, London. He is currently a part-time lecturer at Tohoku University, Kyoto University, University of Tokyo, and Tama Art University. In 2015, his work was shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow and at the Triennale di Milano. An exhibition of his work, Akihisa Hirata: Tangling, was held at London’s Architecture Foundation Project Space, in 2012 and at Grand Hornu Images, in Hornu, Belgium, in 2013. Hirata was a co-recipient of the Golden Lion at the thirteenth International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezi, in 2012, and has also been awarded the 2015 Colored Concrete Works Award, the 2012 Elita Design Award, ELLE DECO’s Young Japanese Design Talent Award, in 2009, and the Japan Institute of Architect’s 2008 New Face Award.
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