SANAA, or Sejima and Nishizawa and Associates, is an architectural firm based in Tokyo. Founded in 1995 by Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, the firm’s world-spanning projects are renowned for their attention to form, light, and space. SANAA has been awarded several prestigious prizes, such as the the Golden Lion for the most significant work of the Venice Biennale in 2004 and the Pritzker Prize in 2010.
The IIT College of Architecture, an institution with a strong relationship to Chicago’s architectural history, draws strength from its unique traditions and circumstances, such as its Miesian legacy as a preeminent school of modernism and the city’s present-day connections to progressively minded, global practitioners.
In 2016, SANAA was awarded the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (MCHAP), a prize established by the IIT College of Architecture to recognize the most distinguished architectural works built in the Americas. This helped foster a relationship between the firm and the institution, who have joined together to produce an IIT campus masterplan that echos the legacy of Mies van der Rohe’s campus and its relationship to Bronzeville on Chicago’s Southside.
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