Born in Ibaraki Japan, Kazuyo Sejima received a degree in architecture at the Japan Women's University in 1981. Upon completion of her studies, she began working in the office of architect Toyo Ito. In 1987 she opened her own studio in Tokyo and then in 1995, together with Ryue Nishizawa, she founded SANAA.
Comprised of international architects and staff working on projects ranging in scale from residential and interior design to large complex buildings and urban planning schemes, as well as product and furniture design, SANAA approaches each project with a fresh perspective, believing that each design arises from conditions particular to the site and program. Each project is special and is closely followed by the two founding principles, as well as partners Yoshitaka Tanase, Yumiko Yamada, and Rikiya Yamamoto.
Kazuyo Sejima’s own works include House in Plum Grove and Inujima Art House project. SANAA’s main works include the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, the Rolex Learning Center, EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne), the Louvre Lens, and Grace Farms in Connecticut USA.
Current projects include La Samaritaine in Paris, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, and Bocconi University Campus in Milan.
In 2010, Kazuyo Sejima was appointed director of the Venice Biennale. In the same year, Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA were the recipients of the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize.