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.