ABOUT

©Junichi Sakamoto

Naoyuki Shirakawa

 

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.

Works

Kaseda Elementary School

Metal Tea House

SUN AQUA TOTO

Symmetric House

Little House in Kobe

Quiet House

Boutique on the Sand

Shima-Shima, Izutsuya Store

Unseen Restaurant

Awards

1987

--Incentive Award of the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Award for Best Municipal Elementary School 

--SD Review Award

 

1988

--Tokyo Wheelchair-accessible Toilet Design Contest Grand Prize

 

1991

--Tochigi Prefecture Marronnier Architecture Award

--SD Review SD Award 

 

1992

--Tokyo Society of Architects & Building Engineers Residential Architecture Prize

 

1993

--SD Review Award

 

1994

--Good Design Award (Japan) in the Facilities category

--Kitakyushu City Architectural Culture Award

--NEG Space Design Competition Award

 

1995

--JCD Design Award

--Hebel Design Contest Grand Prize

 

1996

--Fukuoka Prefecture Residential Architecture Culture Award, Second Prize 

 

1998

--INAX Design Contest Gold Prize in the Interior Design category

 

2004

--Fukuoka City Urban Landscape Award