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Hear about imaginative spaces created by Tokyo-based architect Takaharu Tezuka during this special guest lecture. Takaharu will share a selection of his firm’s most innovative projects, like an open-air kindergarten where children play on the roof.

$20 public
$15 CAC members
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Japanese architect Takaharu Tezuka creates imaginative and versatile spaces. Utilizing natural light and materials in breathtaking ways, Tezuka is known for designing hospitals as uplifting and restorative places and schools and kindergartens that facilitate social interaction and discovery-style learning. His most known work, Fuji Kindergarten, is featured in a TedTalk and is recognized globally for its innovative design.

In this guest lecture and interview with Elva Rubio, Tezuka explores the hallmarks of his practice through a selection of works and discusses trends in Japanese architecture today. Tezuka will pay special attention to the design process and inspiration for his much-publicized open-air Fuji Kindergarten in suburban Tokyo, a donut-shaped “living” building where trees grow up through the structure and kids are encouraged to play on the roof.

This program is presented by the Chicago Architectural Club in coordination with the Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago.

Program Speaker: Takaharu Tezuka

Takaharu Tezuka

Takaharu Tezuka founded the Tokyo-based firm Tezuka Architects in 1994 with his wife Yui Tezuka. The couple’s work emphasizes human activity and connectivity as can be seen in their schools, office buildings,and hospitals. Key projects of the firm include the Echigo-Matsunoyama Museum of Natural Science, the arts pavilion Woods of Net, and the much-lauded Fuji Kindergarten. Recent awards include the Japan Institute of Architects Prize (2008 and 2015), the“Best of All” Award of the OECD/CELE 4th Compendium of Exemplary Educational Facilities (2011), the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture(2017), and the Moriyama RAIC International Prize (2017).

AIA/CES credit: 1 LU

  • Ticket price includes entrance to the Chicago Architecture Center on the day of the program.
  • Ticket price also includes a selection of sushi, wine and soft drinks.
  • Chicago Architectural Club members are invited to call the CAC Box Office (312) 922.8687 to register for the program at the member ticket price.
  • Discount tickets are available with a valid student ID for $12 at the CAC Box Office.

Program Partner: Chicago Architectural Club