Arata Isozaki

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Art Tower in Mito, Ibaraki (1990)

Arata Isozaki (磯崎 新, Isozaki Arata; born 23 July 1931) is a Japanese architect from Ōita. He graduated from the University of Tokyo in 1954.

Isozaki worked under Kenzo Tange before establishing his own firm in 1963. His early projects were influenced by European experiences with a style mixed between "New Brutalism" a "Metabolist Architecture" (Oita Medical Hall, 1959-1960) according to Reyner Banham. His style continued to evolve with buildings such as the Fujimi Country Club (1973–74) and Kitakyushu Central Library (1973–74). Later he developed a more modernistic style with buildings such as the Art Tower of Mito (1986–90) and Domus-Casa del Hombre (1991-1995) in Galicia, Spain.

Isozaki has designed buildings both inside and outside Japan. In 2005, Arata Isozaki founded the Italian branch of his office, Arata Isozaki & Andrea Maffei Associates. Two major projects from this office include: the Allianz Tower CityLife office tower, a redevelopment project in the former trade fair area in Milan, and the new Town Library in Maranello, Italy.[1]


Arata Isozaki in 1976.

Isozaki completed his schooling at the Oita Prefecture Oita Uenogi High School (erstwhile Oita Junior High School). In 1954, he graduated from the University of Tokyo where he majored in Architecture and Engineering. This was followed by a doctoral program in architecture from the same university.


  • Annual Prize, Architectural Institute of Japan in 1974
  • Mainichi Art Award in 1983
  • RIBA Gold Medal in 1986
  • International Award “Architecture in Stone” in 1987
  • ArnoldW.BrunnerMemorial Prize of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in 1988
  • Chicago Architecture Award in 1990
  • Honor Award, the American Institute of Architects in 1992
  • RIBA Honorary Fellow in 1994.
  • The ECC Award in 2012 for his Venice installation Zhongyuan.[3][4]

Notable works[edit]

Oita Medical Hall in Ōita, Ōita, Japan (1959-1960)
Museum of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing (2003-2008)

Current projects[edit]


  1. ^ Musei: Architetture 1990-2000. ISBN 978-8871791999.
  2. ^ Musei: Architetture 1990-2000. ISBN 978-8871791999.
  3. ^ "ECC AWARD". Retrieved 2017-07-11.
  4. ^ "Time-Space-Existence in Venice". Retrieved 2017-07-11.
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