Makoto Sei Watanabe

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Makoto Sei Watanabe
K Museum2.jpg
K Museum, Ariake, Tokyo
Alma materNational University of Yokohama
AwardsASLA Professional Award
AIJ Prize
BuildingsAoyama Technical College

Makoto Sei Watanabe (born 1952) is a Japanese architect living in Tokyo. He designed such buildings as Japan's K Museum, has lectured at universities around Japan, and won many awards for his designs. He is the author of The Induction Cities, published in 2002.


Makoto Sei Watanabe was born in Yokohama, Japan. He studied architecture at the Yokohama National University and graduated in 1976. He worked under Arata Isozaki in Tokyo until starting his own firm, the Makoto Sei Watanabe Architectural Office, in 1984.[1]

Watanabe's designs are characterized by a modern approach, using computers and mathematical algorithms to generate his styles. He writes about this type of style in The Induction Cities, published in 2002. He is also the subject of Makoto Sei Watanabe: Conceiving the City, published by l'Arca Edizioni in 1999.[2] Most recently, he published a book in 2009 titled Algorithmic Design, which further explores his computerized method of designing structures.


Aoyama Technical College, Tokyo


  • 1997 - ASLA Professional Award
  • 2001 - Gold Prize of Good Design Award
  • 2002 - AIJ Prize


  1. ^ "Makoto Sei Watanabe Architectural Office". Retrieved 2010-01-07.
  2. ^ "Makoto Sei Watanabe". Archived from the original on 2009-03-04. Retrieved 2010-01-07.

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