Architect and president of Naoyuki Shirakawa Atelier
1951: Born in Kokura, Kitakyushu, where he resides today.
1974: Graduated with a B.A. in architecture from Kyoto University.
1974-1987: Worked at Ishimoto Architectural & Engineering Firm, Inc.
1987: Received the Incentive Award of the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Award for Best Municipal Elementary School for his design of Kaseda Elementary School. Soon after, he opened his own architectural office in Tokyo. His first project, Metal Tea House, received the 1987 SD Review Award, an award which has helped launch the career of many architects, and captured the attention of the architectural industry in Japan.
1994: Received the Good Design Award (Japan) for his design of SUN AQUA TOTO, a factory of Japan’s largest toilet manufacturer, TOTO, in Kokura, Kitakyushu. It was the first building in Japan to win the award.
2005: Relocated his office to his hometown of Kokura, Kitakyushu.
2005 - 2014: Worked as a visiting professor at Kyushu Institute of Technology.
Kaseda Elementary School
Metal Tea House
SUN AQUA TOTO
Little House in Kobe
Boutique on the Sand
Shima-Shima, Izutsuya Store
--Incentive Award of the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Award for Best Municipal Elementary School
--SD Review Award
--Tokyo Wheelchair-accessible Toilet Design Contest Grand Prize
--Tochigi Prefecture Marronnier Architecture Award
--SD Review SD Award
--Tokyo Society of Architects & Building Engineers Residential Architecture Prize
--SD Review Award
--Good Design Award (Japan) in the Facilities category
--Kitakyushu City Architectural Culture Award
--NEG Space Design Competition Award
--JCD Design Award
--Hebel Design Contest Grand Prize
--Fukuoka Prefecture Residential Architecture Culture Award, Second Prize
--INAX Design Contest Gold Prize in the Interior Design category
--Fukuoka City Urban Landscape Award