Kengo Kuma is a Japanese architect born in 1954 in Kanagawa. He studied architecture at the University of Tokyo and then at Columbia University before opening his own architectural practice in 1990. Kengo Kuma & Associates now employs over 300 architects in Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai and Paris. In parallel, Kengo Kuma is also professor at the Graduate School of Architecture at the University of Tokyo. In 2016 he won a Global Award for Sustainable Architecture and in 2021, he was part of the Time 100 list. His designs range from public buildings, such as museums and cultural centers, to private residences, hotels, and commercial structures and are characterized by a deep respect for nature and the environment.