Fumihiko Maki

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Fumihiko Maki

(b. Tokyo, Japan 1928)

Fumihiko Maki was born in Tokyo in 1928. He studied at the University of Tokyo, at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, and at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. After he worked for Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill in New York and for Sert Jackson and Associates in Cambridge he spent several years teaching and working independently. In 1965 he established Maki and Associates in Tokyo.

Maki returned to Japan in 1960 and helped establish the Metabolism Group. With an obsessive interest in new technology and rational design, Maki uses modular systems in planning and standardized building components in construction. His favorite materials are metal, glass, and poured concrete. Despite his keen interest in theory and technology, Maki is a populist, and his buildings display a warmth and sense of excitement that is rarely found in contemporary architecture.

Maki's designs exhibit carefully manipulated shapes and textures that humanize their total effect. Maki displays a constant concern with contextual response. Maki applies his belief in standardized parts and adaptability in a very pragmatic way. His design attention is not the glorification of his theories, but the successful employment of them to create effective architecture that meets human needs.

Maki has been studying traditional Japanese architecture which he has begun incorporating into his design work. Maki's design work is remarkably mature, not merely in choice of concept, but in terms of compositional sophistication as well.

Muriel Emmanuel. Contemporary Architects. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1980. ISBN 0-312-16635-4. NA 680-C625. p504-506.


Recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, 1993.

Maki and Associates
Hillside West Building C
13-4 Hachiyama-cho
Tokyo 150-0035
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Fumihiko Maki, Alex Krieger, Botond Bognar. Fumihiko Maki : Buildings and Projects. Princeton Architectural Press, September 1997. ISBN 1568981090. — Available at   Find books about Fumihiko Maki

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