James Wright | FAIA, NCARB

George Kunihiro | FAIA

Chapter Representative - AIA Japan, AIA International Region

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George Kunihiro, FAIA, is a noted architect/educator. He is a Professor of Architecture at the Kokushikan University in Tokyo, Japan. Professor Kunihiro received his Master of Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design and his 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 contemporary society.

Professor Kunihiro has received much 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 contributions 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 the prestigious Tsinghua University in Beijing, where he is currently a Senior Visiting Scholar. Since 2013, Professor Kunihiro has been serving as the International Director on the National Board of the AIA. He has also been a member on various international juries and has lectured widely on the subject of modern architecture and urban design.