Fumihiko Maki's studio / Maki and Associates 槇総合計画事務所@Arch
Maki and Associates【槇総合計画事務所】
Address 郵便番号 150-0035 東京都渋谷区鉢山町13-4
TEL 03-3780-3880 FAX 03-3780-3881
Architect: 楨文彥-Fumihiko Maki
Maki and Associates was established in 1965 by Fumihiko Maki, upon his return from a ten year period of study, teaching, and practice in the United States. The office has been based in Tokyo throughout its 42 year history, and is currently staffed by forty architects, urban designers, and administrative personnel. This size has been purposefully limited to enable Maki to maintain a close working relationship with each firm member, and daily involvement with each project. Maki personally takes a leadership role in all commissions from design inception through to completion (including construction supervision).
As a mid-sized office, decision-making and communication at Maki and Associates retains the directness of smaller organizations; each member of the office is involved in and responsible for all aspects of projects, from budget and programming, through design drawing and detailing, to construction supervision. Further, Maki himself is committed to be available for direct client consultation at any time - not simply responsive, but pro-active in addressing a client's needs.
Enduring relationships with clients
This responsiveness has been a key factor in the establishment of long-standing relationship with our clients. Foremost among these in the private sector are the Asakura Real Estate Co., the developers of Hillside Terrace in Daikanyama (thirty-year relationship); Keio University, planning and design at the Mita, Hiyoshi, and Fujisawa Campuses (twenty-year relationship); YKK Corporation Kurobe Guesthouse and R&D Center (twenty-year relationship); and Washington University in St. Louis Steinberg Hall and The Sam Fox Arts Center (thirty-year relationship). In the public sector, similar long-term relationships have been developed with the local governments of Chiba Prefecture, Toyama Prefecture, and Nakatsu City in Kyushu.
Experience with foreign clients
Since the early 70's, Maki and Associates has also worked with a number of foreign clients and client groups both within Japan and abroad. Examples in Tokyo include an apartment building for Swire House (1970), St. Mary's International School (1972), the Austrian and Danish Embassies (1976, 1979), the Novartis Pharma Tsukuba Research Center (1993), Tokyo Church of Christ (1995), and interiors for the Irish Embassy and the EU Commission. Major projects abroad include Steinberg Hall at Washington University in St. Louis, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Isar Büro Park Office Complex in Munich, Germany, the Sam Fox Arts Center at Washington University in St. Louis, and Republic Polytechnic in Singapore. Currently, the firm's overseas work includes the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat in Ottawa, Canada (2008), the Media Arts and Sciences Building at MIT (2008), the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania (2008), Novartis Office Building, Basel (2009), the Redevelopment of Taipei Main Station Area (2012), and Tower 4 of the World Trade Center Redevelopment (2012).
The work of Maki and Associates has been widely published and recognized with a number of domestic and international awards. Among these are the Reynolds Aluminum Award for innovations in the use of aluminum (for the Spiral Building), the Prince of Wales Prize in Urban Design from Harvard University (for Hillside Terrace), and the Quaternario Award for technological innovation (for Makuhari Messe). Perhaps the most prestigious award for a Japanese architect is the BCS Award, which recognizes a combination of high construction quality, good design, and client satisfaction. Maki and Associates has been fortunate to be honored with this award 14 times, starting in 1983 for the Dentsu Osaka Headquarters building, and continuing through 2002 for Fukushima Gender Equality Center.
Photograph by Kenzo Hsieh (HSUEH-HSIEN HSIEH), 2001.