Sou Fujimoto is key note speaker for designMENA Summit 2015

Sou Fujimoto

Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto is to be keynote speaker at this year’s designMENA Summit, which takes place in December.

Fujimoto, born in Hokkaido in 1971, was named by the Wall Street Journal as the Architectural Innovator of the Year in 2014.

After graduating from the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering at Tokyo University, he established Sou Fujimoto Architects in 2000.


In 2013 he became the youngest architect to accept the invitation to design the annual summer pavilion for the Serpentine Gallery in London.

Noted for his light and airy designs his most important works include the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2013, House NA, the Musashino Art University Museum & Library and Final Wooden House.

The previous year he designed the Japan Pavilion at the International Architecture Exhibition  at La Biennale di Venezia, which was awarded The Golden Lion for Best National Participation.

Among other multiple awards, Fujimoto has won  first prize for an international competition for Taiwan Tower in 2011.

The designMENA Summit will take place on Tuesday December 8 in Dubai, featuring panel discussions, work shops and various other talks.

Last year’s keynote speaker was Karim Rashid who spoke about pushing design to the 21st century.

For more information about the summit, please visit:

Image by David Vintiner


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