Kenzō Tange

Japanese architect (1913–2005)
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In this Japanese name, the family name is Tange.

Kenzo Tange (丹下 健三, Tange Kenzō, September 4, 1913 – March 22, 2005) was a Japanese architect and professor at the University of Tokyo. He was the 1987 winner of the Pritzker Architecture Prize.[1]

Kenzo Tange
Kenzo Tange in 1981
BornSeptember 4, 1913
Osaka, Japan
DiedMarch 22, 2005
Tokyo, Japan
Alma materThe University of Tokyo
AwardsRIBA Gold Medal, AIA Gold Medal, Order of Culture, Order of Sacred Treasure
Practice1946 Tange Laboratory
1961 The Urbanists and Architects Team
Kenzo Tange Associates
BuildingsHiroshima Peace Memorial Park, Plan for Skopje, Tokyo Olympic arenas, St Mary's Cathedral

Early life


Tange was born in Osaka. He grew up in the small city of Imabari in Ehime Prefecture on the island of Shikoku in 1913.[1][2]

Tange studied film at Nihon University to avoid joining the military.

In 1935, he began studying architecture at the University of Tokyo. Hideto Kishida and Shozo Uchida were two of his teachers.[3]



Tange won a contest to design the Greater East Asian Co-Prosperity Sphere Memorial Hall in 1942.

After the war, he became a professor at the University of Tokyo and taught such architects as Arata Isozaki, Koji Kamiya, Kisho Kurokawa, Fumihiko Maki and Sachio Otani.[1]

Tange was in charge of the rebuilding Hiroshima after World War II.[1] He designed the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

In 1959-60 Tange was a founding member of the architectural movement called Metabolism.

In 1987, Tange won the Pritzker Prize.[1]




  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Kenzo Tange, 1987 Laureate, Biography"; retrieved 2012-3-1. Archived version.
  2. "Obituary: Kenzo Tange". The Guardian. March 23, 2005.
  3. Stewart, Dennis B (2002). The Making of a Modern Japanese Architecture: From the Founders to Shinohara and Isozaki. New York, United States: Kodansha International. ISBN 4-770-02933-0.