Fumihiko Maki. Born in Tokio in 1928, and studied and taught at the Univerity of Tokyo and Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. Since 1965, Maki has been the principal of Maki and Associates widely recognized through publications, exhibitions, and with some of the professsion's hightest honors, including the UIA Gold Medal, The Praemium Imperiale, and the Pritzker Prize.
Maki and Associates was established in 1965 by Fumihiko Maki, upon his return from a ten year period of study, teaching, and practice in the United States. The office has been based in Tokyo throughout its 42 year history, and is currently staffed by forty architects, urban designers, and administrative personnel. This size has been purposefully limited to enable Maki to maintain a close working relationship with each firm member, and daily involvement with each project. Maki personally takes a leadership role in all commissions from design inception through to completion (including construction supervision).