Sou Fujimoto to headline designMENA Summit


Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto is to be keynote speaker at this year’s designMENA Summit, which takes place today (Tuesday) at Grosvenor House, Dubai.

“Between Nature and Architecture” will be the subject of his address and he will also be in conversation with the event’s presenter, broadcast journalist Richard Dean.

Fujimoto, born in Hokkaido in 1971, was named by the Wall Street Journal as its 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.

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.

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

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 are the first prize of the international competition for Taiwan Tower in 2011.

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