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Royal Academy Architecture Prize Lecture: Itsuko Hasegawa

04 July 19:00 - 20:30
Venue: Royal Academy of Arts, Benjamin West Lecture Theatre
Burlington House

Inaugural Royal Academy Architecture Prize winner Itsuko Hasegawa will present her work and influences in this special celebratory lecture.


In February, the Japanese architect Itsuko Hasegawa won the inaugural Royal Academy Architecture Prize, honouring her inspiring and enduring contribution to the culture of architecture.


Described by the judging panel as “one of Japan’s most important architects”, Hasegawa has largely been under-recognised, despite her significant contribution to modern architecture both in Japan and around the world.


She began her career working with Japan’s Metabolists group of architects, including Kisho Kurakawa, Fumihiko Maki and Kenzo Tange, and later went on to work with Kazuo Shinohara, whose work is associated with traditional Japanese architecture. These two very different influences have informed a lifetime of work.


Hasegawa’s buildings feature a lightness of touch, using simple materials and dynamic forms. She founded her own practice, Itsuko Hasegawa Atelier, in 1979 and was the first woman architect to design a public building in Japan. After earning acclaim when she won the competition to design the Shonandai Cultural Centre in Fujisawa, Hasegawa was then commissioned to do a large number of projects across Japan including the Sumida Culture Factory, the Yamanashi Museum of Fruit, and the Fukuroi Workshop Centre.


Tickets include a drinks reception in the Royal Academy’s Collection Gallery ahead of the lecture.