Born in Kyoto in 1950, Waro Kishi belongs to the generation of Japanese architects that emerged after Tadao Ando. Kishi was educated at Kyoto University and opened his own office in Kyoto in 1981. Many of his buildings are loca-ted in the Kansai region, which, besides Kyoto, includes Osaka, Kobe and Nara.
Although Waro Kishi has acknowledged the influence of Tadao Ando, he has a sensibility all his own. His buildings are more delicate and subtle, and his designs are less driven by form. Made primarily of glass and steel rather than massive expanses of concrete like Ando`s work, Kishi`s building are considered by some to be more delicate and subtle, and overall his designs are less driven by iconic forms. Amongst the several interesting projects are the house at Nipponbashi, Akashi Ferry Terminal and GLA Osaka Hall.
A self-described contrarian who preferred the works of such architects as Marcel Breuer and Richard Neutra, when many others were embracing Post Modernism, Kishi refuses such labels as `Modernist` or `Miesian.
Waro Kishi is a professor at Kyoto University, and has been a visiting professor both at MIT and UC, Berkeley.