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Fumihiko Maki (槇文彦, Maki Fumihiko) (born Tokyomarker, September 6, 1928) is a Japanese architect and currently teaching at Keio University SFCmarker. After studying at the University of Tokyomarker he moved to the Cranbrook Academy of Artmarker in Bloomfield Hillsmarker, Michiganmarker, and then to Harvard Graduate School of Designmarker. In 1956, he took a post as assistant professor of architecture at Washington University in St. Louismarker, where he also was awarded his first commission: the design of Steinberg Hall (an art center) on the university's Danforth Campus. This building remained his only completed work in the United States until 2006, when he finished the new home for the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museummarker and Walker Hall (both also at Washington University). He worked for Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill in New Yorkmarker and for Sert Jackson and Associates in Cambridgemarker and founded Maki and Associates in 1965. In 1960 he returned to Japan to help establish the Metabolism Group. He often uses metal and glass materials.

In 1993 he received the prestigious Pritzker Prize at the Praguemarker Castlemarker. In 2006, he was invited to join the judging panel for an international design competition for the new Gardens by the Bay in Singaporemarker.


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