Born in Tokyo in 1964, Takaharu Tezuka graduated from Musahshi Institute of Technology, Tokyo. He completed his M Arch in Architecture from U Penn in 1990. Tezuka worked at Richard Rogers Partnership for four years, and in 1994, he established Tezuka Architects with his wife Yui Tezuka.
Tezuka’s philosophy is to work with spatial designs that are skilfully integrated with the external environment. The designs range from private houses to community buildings. Tezuka’s important works are the Roof House, in which daily life expands onto the roof, and the Echigo -Matsunoyama Museum of Natural Science, which can be buried under 5m of snow. The Fuji Kindergarten takes the form of a 200m-circumference oval-shaped roof space. In the project Woods of Net, 320 cubic mts. of timber members are used and none of the 589 members are similar.
Tezuka Architects are recipients of many awards. Prominent amongst them are the 2008 Architectural Institution of Japan Prize and 2009 Japan Institute of Architects Prize.
Takaharu Tezuka has been a visiting professor at Salzburg Summer Academy and at UC, Berkeley. He is a professor at Tokyo City University.
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