ADNZ is absolutely delighted to be welcoming Koh to New Zealand. A recipient of more than 30 prestigious awards, he is recognised as one of the world's most talented architects.
An illustrious career, spanning more than 35 years, Koh is a Professor at the Yokohama National University and Director of 'Architecture Workshop', which he founded in 1978.
His most celebrated awards include the Japan Institute of Architecture Award in 2002 for his spectacular Katta Public General Hospital and the Annual Architectural Design Commendation in 2010 for his work on Yutenji Apartments.
However, one of Koh's most significant contributions to the design community was in 2010 when Koh was honoured with being chosen as the Commissioner for the Japan Pavilion at the 12th International Architecture Exhibition - the Venice Biennale.
The Venice Biennale is a major contemporary art exhibition that takes place once every two years in Venice, Italy. Each year, more than 88 countries from around the world exhibit in their national pavilion. A commissioner and curator are selected to represent each country and participation is by invitation.
During his NZ visit, Koh will be exclusively touring with ADNZ, sharing his views on design and the inspiration for some of his most impressive works.
ADNZ GM Astrid Andersen says Koh's seminars are going to be a treat and a fantastic learning experience.
"To have an international superstar of the architecture world sharing his experience with the design community is a great privilege. We are very lucky to have Koh visiting five locations around New Zealand including Auckland, Tauranga, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown," says Astrid.
Koh will be joined by Dr Andrew Barrie. Andrew is a New Zealand born architectural critic and designer formerly based in Tokyo. After completing doctoral studies in Japan, Andrew worked as a project architect in the office of Toyo Ito. On returning to NZ, he worked at Cheshire Architects in Auckland. Andrew is a regular contributor to architecture and design journals and has won numerous awards in both NZ and Japan.
Koh Kitayama's seminars are open to the public and ADNZ members. Get in early so you don't miss out - book your place on the ADNZ website. www.adnz.org.nz/events/feature/30