George Kunihiro


George Kunihiro, FAIA, is a noted architect / educator. He is a Professor of Architecture at the Kokushikan University in Tokyo, Japan. Professor Kunihiro received Master of Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design and Bachelor of Arts from the University of California / Berkeley. As an architect, In 1980, Professor Kunihiro began his private practice in San Francisco. Subsequently, he opened his office in Los Angeles and New York and designed numerous projects in the United States and in Japan. In 1997, Professor Kunihiro moved his base to Asia. For fifteen years, he has focused his practice and research on the modern Asian heritage in the contemporary society.


Professor Kunihiro has received numerous international recognition including the Presidential Medals from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and from Federacion de Colegios de Arquitectos de Mexico in recognition of significant contribution to the field of architecture. He was also selected to the 11th Annual Space Design Review in 1992, and received the Japan Commercial Environmental Design Award in 1993.
Professor Kunihiro has been active in promoting the profession and research in Asia. From 2011 to 2012, Professor Kunihiro served as the President of the Architects Regional Council Asia (ARCASIA), an organization of 18 national institutes of architects in Asia. He is currently the Vice Chairman of mAAN (modern Asian Architecture Network), an organization working to conserve and revitalize the 20th Century Asian heritage. With mAAN, Professor Kunihiro has organized international workshops on cultural and industrial heritage in China, Indonesia and Turkey. In 2009, Professor Kunihiro was elevated to the College of Fellows of the AIA. In 2011, he was appointed as Visiting Professor at prestigious Tsinghua University in Beijing, where he is currently a Senior Visiting Scholar. Since 2013, Professor Kunihiro serves as the International Director on the National Board of the AIA. He has also been a member on various international juries and lectured widely on the subject of modern architecture and urban design.



Hebei Provincial Sport Complex
In the major sports complex in the capital of Hebei Province, our team was responsible for the design of a sports university for 2000 students. The program consists of classrooms, a student center and a dormitory complex. Our design for the sports university expresses “movement”. The high-rise dormitory blocks form an undulated curvilinear composition, which represent dynamic movement of sports competition. The university buildings will also become a visual signage for the sports complex, being the tallest building on the sports complex site.


Weekend House in Kamakura MM
The house is located approximately a five-minute walk from the Yuigahama Beach in a quiet residential neighborhood of Kamakura. The owner requested a weekend house filled with natural light for a family of four.
Our design addressed the residential scale of the surrounding neighborhood and the proximity of the house to the Yuigahama Beach. The house provides for nature in two scales: the Japanese garden and a swimming pool on the ground floor; and the roof deck to relate to the distant view of the ocean. Main gathering spaces are on the second floor, equipped with sliding glass doors, which open wide to create ambiguous indoor-outdoor environment in the living room. For private quarters, the guest and maid’s rooms are located on the ground floor, while the owner’s bedrooms are on the third floor to guarantee their privacy. Natural light is controlled by horizontal wood louver screen placed over glazed wall on the south and west facades. Remarkable atmosphere similar to the wood screen façade of the traditional townhouses is created in the interior space, controlling light while letting ample light into the space. Carbon footprint of this weekend house is at a minimum level with passive design.