Junya Ishigami, born in Tokyo, Japan (1974). Education:
1994 - 1998 Musashi Institute of Technology.
1998 - 2000 Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music.
Professional experience: 2000 - 2004 Kazuyo Sejima + Associates. In 2004 he set up his own firm, "Junya Ishigami + Associates". Junya Ishigami questions common understanding of architecture. This allows him to create things beyond trends, established principles and definitions, develop new structures, new spaces and organize the environment differently. He hopes his projects will be able to change the lifestyle of modern architecture radically and fill it with new values.
Main projects: Table. Tokyo, Japan, 2005 T. project. (First prize in residential architecture project sponsored by the Tokyo Electric Power Company). Tokyo, Japan, 2005 Balloon. Tokyo, Japan, 2007 Kanagawa Institute of Technology KAIT kobo. Kanagawa, Japan, 2008 Yohji Yamamoto New York Gansevoort street store, NY, USA, 2008.
Main awards: “low chair and round table” were acquired by the Pompidou Centre. Milan, Italy, 2004, SD Prize for “small garden of row house”. Japan, 2005, Kirin Prize for “Table” . Tokyo , Japan, 2005, First prize in residential architecture project for “t project”. Tokyo, Japan, 2005, “Table” shown at the Basel Art Fair by Gallery Koyanagi in 2006 and acquired by the Israel Museum. Basel , Swiss, 2006.
MAKS is a Rotterdam based studio for architectural designs, strategies and research. It was founded by Marieke Kums in 2009. With an international network of collaborators, the studio is involved in building design and realization and urban planning.
The studio develops projects that engage culture and consciousness, nature and artificiality, surrealism and pragmatism. MAKS strives to go beyond conventional values and scales, as the range of people’s awareness is ever expanding in an age where it’s possible to find out about almost anything in the world in an instant. MAKS’s projects vary from small art installations, to concept studies for the Dutch Museum of National History and renewal projects in the Netherlands and abroad.
Marieke Kums studied at the MIT in Boston and at Delft University of Technology from which she received her MSc Arch degree cum laude. Between 2003 and 2005 she worked with OMA / Rem Koolhaas and from 2006 to 2009 with SANAA / Kazuyo Sejima & Ruye Nishizawa in Tokyo. For SANAA she was in charge of several projects, including a project for the VITRA campus in Weil am Rhein, a museum for Serralves in Porto, and (cultural) masterplans in Dubai and Hong Kong.
Marieke has been invited as a lecturer and guest critic at several universities around the world, such as Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam, the American University of Sharjah, the Yokohama GSA, Princeton, Harvard GSD and the University of Cluj in Romania. She is currently teaching at Delft University of Technology.
Marieke is a founding member of UNION3: an international research and design group focused on the problematic of renewal in European cities.