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Director Hitoshi Abe Architect

ディレクター 阿部 仁史 建築家

Since 1992, when Dr. Hitoshi Abe won first prize for the Miyagi Stadium competition, he has maintained an active international design practice based in Sendai, Japan, and Los Angeles. Alongside his design work, Abe’s list of lectures and publication have placed him among the leaders in his field. Known fors patially complex and structurally innovative architecture, the work of Atelier Hitoshi Abe has been internationally published and has received numerous awards in Japan and internationally. Such awards include 2011 Japan Society for Finishing Technology Award for the F-town building, 2009 Contractworld Award for Aoba-tei, 2009 Architectural Institute of Japan Award for the K-Museum, 2009 the Architectural Institute of Japan Education Award, 2008 SIA-Getz Prize for Emergent Architecture in Asia, the 2007 World Architecture Award for M/Kanno Museum, the 2005 Good Design Award for Sasaki Office Factory for Prosthetics, the 2003 Architectural Institute of Japan Award for Reihoku Community Hall, 2003 Business Week and Architectural Record Award for Sekii Ladies Clinic, 2001 Building Contractors Society Award for Miyagi Stadium, and 1999 Yoshioka Award for Yomiuri Media Miyagi Guest House. In 2008, Abe opened a second office in Los Angeles to work on a series of projects outside of Japan including invited competitions and exhibition installations. From 2008-2015, Abe served as the chair of UCLA’s Department of Architecture and Urban Design. Currently, Abe is a Professor for UCLA-Department of Architecture and Urban Design and Director of UCLA-Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies.