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Born in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan, in 1956, Kazuyo Sejima graduated from Japan's Women's University in 1981.

Following a period working for Toyo Ito, Sejima set up Kazuyo Sejima & Associates in 1987.Sejima has taught as a visiting lecturer at the Japan's Women's University, Kyoto University and the Science University of Tokyo.

Sejima has been awarded a number of prizes, including the Tokyo Architects Association Special Prize for Residential Architecture (1989), the Japan Institute of Architects Young Architect of the Year (1994), Architecture of the Year (1994) and first prize in the Kenneth F Brown Asia Pacific Culture and Architecture Design Award, University of Hawaii (1995).

Built projects include the Gifu Kitagata Apartment Building (1994-1998); Day Care Centre for the Elders in Yokohama (1997-2000); the O-Museum in the Shiroyama mountain range (1995-1999); and a number of housing projects, including the N-House, Kumamoto (1997) and the M-House, Tokyo (1997).

Sejima's work has been featured in publications including Matter & Mind in Architecture (Gingko Press, 2001), El Croquis, World Architecture, Japan Architect and the AIA Journal.

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