An Invitation to meet…
An Architectural vanguard for timber in the 21 Century
NZ Wood believes in a vibrant and innovative world of wood – signified by new construction, new daring and visionary design. Taira Nishizawa from Tokyo, Japan brings together all of these themes and serves as a reminder of the inspirational creativity enabled by wood.
NZ Wood invites you to attend their sponsored presentation by Taira who is undertaking a whirlwind tour of the country as part of the Communique lecture series run by the University of Auckland School of Architecture and Planning.
Since opening his Tokyo studio in 1993, Taira Nishizawa has established himself as a leading figure among his generation of Japanese architects – he stands alongside such globally recognized practices as Atelier Bow-Wow, Klein Dytham Architects, and Tezuka Architects. Nishizawa’s work, which ranges from small houses to large sports facilities and makes particular use of innovative timber structures, has attracted numerous awards, including the prestigious Japan Institute of Architects Young Architect of the Year Award in 2005, the Architectural Review’s Emerging Architecture Award, and selection by Architectural Record as one of the world’s 10 ‘Design Vanguard’ architects.
A practitioner, academic and critic, Nishizawa teaches at a number of universities in Tokyoand has lectured and exhibited internationally. His work has been the subject of two monographs: Taira Nishizawa 1994-2004 and Taira Nishizawa: Wooden Works 2004-2010.
Wellington Sunday 20 May – 4pm
City Gallery Auditorium, Civic Square, 101 Wakefield Street
Christchurch Monday 21 May – 6.30pm
Wharekai, Te Puna Wanaka CPIT, Cnr Williams & Coventry St
Auckland Wednesday 23 May – 6pm
Engineering Lecture Theatre, University of Auckland, 22 Symonds Street