We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to one of our Honorable mention winners for our “Kurgi Observation Tower” competition – Koki Masumi and Makoto Wada from Japan!
Koki Masumi and Makoto Wada from Japan
Makoto Wada Architects and Masumi Architecture studio are both one-person architectural firms based in Tokyo. Makoto founded Makoto Wada Architects in 2007 after working at two architectural firms in Sapporo and Tokyo. Koki started his own practice in 2019 after working for several architectural firms in the United States and Japan.
Makoto has been working on a wide range of design projects, and his experience including designing private houses and commercial buildings in Japan, as well as graphic and industrial design, while Koki has mainly been working on medium-scale building projects in different parts of the world. They both have strong experiences working on various public building projects in developing countries; through one of those projects they actually met and started to seek out new projects together.
What architecture means to us is a coexistence of onceness, inherency, uniqueness, concreteness, arbitrariness, originality, discoverability, repetition, abstraction, typicity, sociality, institutionality, and normality. We believe that the role of architects in our society is to explore that coexistence and feed it back to society.
By exploring architecture with actual construction plans in mind and outputting those ideas, we grow.
Just put yourself in the midst of difficulties if you wish to grow. Also, a deadline could make you get out of bed.