Kengo Kuma was born in 1954. He completed his master's degree at the University of Tokyo in 1979. From 1985 to 1986, he studied at Columbia University as Visiting Scholar. He established "Kengo Kuma & Associates" in 1990. He taught at Keio University from 2001 to 2008, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2008, and in 2009, he assured a post of Professor at the Graduate School of Architecture, University of Tokyo.
Among Kuma's major works are "Stage in Forest", Toyoma Center for Performance Arts (received 1997 Architectural Institute of Japan Annual Award), "Water/Glass" (1995, received AIA Benedictus Award), "Bato-machi Hiroshige Museum" (received The Murano Prize). Recent works include "Great Bamboo Wall" (2002, Beijing, China), "Nezu Museum" (2009, Tokyo), "Yusuhara Marche and Wooden Bridge Museum" (2010). A number of large projects are also going on abroad, including "arts centre in Besancon City", France, Granada, Spain, and a new Victoria & Albert Museum building in Dundee, Scotland U.K..
He was awarded the International Spirit of Nature Wood Architecture Award in 2002 (Finland), International Architecture Awards for the Best New Global Design for "Chokkura Plaza and Shelter" in 2007, and Energy Performance + Architecture Award in 2008 (France). He is an International Fellow of RIBA, UK, and Honorary Fellow of AIA in the US. Kengo Kuma is also a prolific writer / critic and his books have been translated into English, Chinese and other languages.