Kengo Kuma was born in Yokohama (Kanagawa, Japan) in 1954. He studied architecture at the University of Tokyo, finishing his degree in 1979. In 1987, he opened the "Spatial Design Studio". In 1990 he founded "Kengo Kuma & Associates" and extend the study to Europe (Paris, France) in 2008. Since 1985 and until 2009, has taught as visiting professor and holder at the universities of Columbia, Keio, Illinois and Tokyo.
· 2011 The Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology's Art Encouragement Prize for "Yusuhara Wooden Bridge Museum."
· 2010 Mainichi Art Award for “Nezu Museum.”
· 2009 "Decoration Officier de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres" (France).
· 2008 Energy Performance + Architecture Award (France). Bois Magazine International Wood Architecture Award (France).
· 2002 Spirit of Nature Wood Architecture Award (Finland).
· 2001 Togo Murano Award for “Nakagawa-machi Bato Hiroshige Museum.”
· 1997 Architectural Institute of Japan Award for “Noh Stage in the Forest”. First Place, AIA DuPONT Benedictus Award for “Water/Glass” (USA).
BAAQ’ dedicates its practice to the development of housing and architectural design where he has been recognized in various publications and awards such as the Honorable Mention at the 2012 Mexican Architecture Biennial and winner of the Public Award at the AZ 2019 Awards.
In 2012 Alfonso Quiñones was invited by the architect Tadao Ando to be the local associate architect for the Casa Wabi project in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, and in 2016 he was also invited by the architect Alvaro Siza for the development of the Taller de Barro project at Casa Wabi. He recently developed, together with the architect Kengo Kuma, the design of a chicken coop with an experimental construction system.
And other hand, he has developed housing projects intervening and recovering old buildings in Mexico City. Working under the premise of renovating, preserving and adapting to new uses, buildings that have been abandoned, rejoining the urban and social dynamics of their environment.