23 May 2012
6pm - 7pm
Venue: Lecture Theatre 401, Building 401, 20 Symonds Street
Host: School of Architecture and Planning
Contact info: Natalie Guy
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Website: Communique 2012
Sponsor: New Zealand Wood
4pm, Sunday 20 May 2012
City Gallery Auditorium, Civic Square, 101 Wakefield Street, Wellington
6.30pm, Monday 21 May 2012
Wharekai, Te Puna Wanaka, CPIT, Cnr Williams and Coventry Sts, Christchurch
Since opening his Tokyo studio in 1993, Taira Nishizawa has established himself as a leading figure among his generation of Japanese architects—he stands alongside such globally recognized practices as Atelier Bow-Wow, Klein Dytham Architects, and Tezuka Architects. Nishizawa’s work, which ranges from small houses to large sports facilities and makes particular use of innovative timber structures, has attracted numerous awards, including the prestigious Japan Institute of Architects Young Architect of the Year Award in 2005, the Architectural Review Emerging Architecture Award, and selection by Architectural Record as one of the world’s 10 ‘Design Vanguard’ architects.
A practitioner, academic and critic, Nishizawa teaches at a number of universities in Tokyo and has lectured and exhibited internationally. His work has been the subject of two monographs: Taira Nishizawa 1994-2004 and Taira Nishizawa: Wooden Works 2004-2010.
Thanks to the generous support of NZ Wood, Nishizawa will also lecture in Wellington and Christchurch.