Sejima Kazuyo was born in Ibaraki, Japan in 1956. After graduating from Japan Women’s University in 1981 with a master’s degree in Architecture, she joined the firm Toyo Ito and Associates. Six years later, Kazuyo opened her own practice and became known for her sleek, modernistic designs. One of her first hires was Nishizawa Ryue, a student who had worked with her at Toyo Ito. Together, they went on to establish the Tokyo-based architectural firm, SANAA.
SANAA has since designed a number of innovative building in Japan and around the world, including the Rolex Learning Center in Switzerland; the Toledo Museum of Art’s Glass Pavilion in Ohio, the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York; the Serpentine Pavilion in London; The Christian Dior Building in Tokyo; and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa.
In 2015, the 2010 Pritzker Prize laureates broke ground on a multipurpose building and landscape project for Grace Farms in New Canaan, Connecticut.
Nestled in a cluster of trees adjacent to U.S. Route 7 in Connecticut is a 62-room, 44,000 square-foot (4,100 m2) Victorian-era mansion that was built by a man with a name just as majestic – LeGrand Lockwood. In 1938, the Norwalk local began working as a clerk for a brokerage firm on Wall Street. By age 23, he had already made partner. Fourteen years later, he renamed the firm Lockwood and Co.
The firm, primarily dealing with the trading of railroad stocks, was so well-regarded on Wall Street that Lockwood was named the treasurer of the New York Stock Exchange. After travelling to Europe to sell war bonds in 1863, he returned home an even wealthier man the following year and began to build his summer home in Connecticut.
“There’s no way my butt is going to fit through there.” Mark and I were staring at the small hole in the fence and I wondered nervously if this was such a good idea after all. “Can you go over, maybe?” I wedged the toe of my knock-off Toms into a foothold and tried to hoist myself up but I could feel it creak beneath me.” Nope, it’s going to buckle.” And I wasn’t ready for a hug from a roll of barbed wire.
Just then, a car came hurtling round the corner and we both jumped back in fright. “Shit. Do you think they saw us? They totally saw us.” Mark didn’t answer. I looked up and down the road. “I’m kind of scared now. I mean, I just don’t know about this. Maybe we should keep walking, there could be another one down the…” a sudden rustling near the ground distracted me and I looked down to find him scrambling through the fence. “Well fuck, ok.”
Standing on the side of the road was one thing, but we couldn’t risk being seen idling on the other side of the fence. It was now or never. I took a deep breath, got on my hunches, dived headfirst through the hole, and promptly got stuck in the middle.