Educated at Tokyo University's Department of Architecture, the late Kenzo Tange set up in practice in Tokyo in 1961 as Principal in the firm Kenzo Tange & Urtec, Urbanists and Architects. Until 1974 he was also Professor of Architecture at Tokyo University and he received every top award the architectural world can offer throughout his long career.
During the 1960s he was associated with the Metabolists, most famous of whom were Kiyanori Kikutake and Kisho Kurokawa who had worked in his office (as have most of the next generation of Japan's best architects). Since the 1970 Osaka Exhibition - for which he provided the master plan and the theme pavilion - his work has been increasingly outside Japan. But it is the National Gymnasia for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics that remain his best work and the peak of 20th century Japanese architecture.
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