an architect emerges whose vision is so fresh that it causes us to
reconsider the very nature of architecture. Sou Fujimoto is one of those
architects. Guided by instinct and keen observation, he casts
convention aside. Instead he blurs boundaries and routinely rethinks
basic building blocks. Both comfortably familiar and curiously
enigmatic, Fujimoto's dynamic work grabs our attention then lingers on
in our minds.
Born and bred in Hokkaido, Fujimoto received his undergraduate degree
in architecture from Tokyo University before embarking on an uncharted,
solo exploration that probed the possibilities of architecture.
Unfettered by the ideas and practices of others, Fujimoto's work has
clarity of thought and purity of execution seldom seen.
Fujimoto garnered significant international attention for his popular
2013 Serpentine Pavilion in London (Fujimoto was the youngest architect
to receive the highly-regarded commission). In 2012 he was part of the
Japanese team that won a Golden Lion award for Best National
Participation at the Venice Architecture Biennale for their design of
alternative housing concepts for the homes that were destroyed by the