Architect & Artist

Creative Collaborator

KODAI Yuichi / kodai and associates GmbH
Creative Collaborator / Architect
Creative Collaborator
Professional Qualification Architect AA diploma
Architecture Registration Board, UK・ARB 079887H
Royal Institute of British Architect・RIBA

My encounter, as Yuichi Kodai, with the memorable architecture is the tea room in Kenninji Temple, Kyoto. Since I was a child, I learned tea ceremony and flower arrangement, and through the process, I have come into contact with the crystals of various Japanese architectural spaces. Growing up near the Katsura Imperial Villa, and delivering newspapers to the Imperial Villa office, I always longed for the gardens and buildings behind the fence. I still remember the excitement I experienced when I finally visited it at the age of 20 years old.

Claudia and I both went to college where the members of Archigram were the principals. Although they were different universities, Ron Heron and Peter Cook cultivated the importance and expression method of pursuing architectural dreams, future possibilities, and excitement. Through our experience at the Swiss architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron and American firm KPF, we are working to realize the influence in various ways.

We are conscious of creating ever-flowing spaces that have a story to tell regardless of project type or scale. We perceive notional connections between spaces through site-specific environmental conditions. We are not afraid to propose spaces that can be experienced through carefully com-posed proportions and chosen materials regardless of indoor-outdoor transition. We love to use all of our past experiences in architecture, art, and landscape to create a comprehensive experience.

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Born in Kyoto in 1978, he is the founder of the architecture and design studio, kodai and associates, in Kyoto before moving his base to Zurich, Switzerland in 2019. He graduated from AA School in London and worked with Swiss architectural practice Herzog & de Meuron between 2005 and 2013. He was a core member of the design team for Perez Art Museum Miami and TATE Modern and various projects around the world. He then founded the architecture department in SANDWICH Inc, Kyoto, in 2013 with contemporary artist Kohei Nawa where he completed award-winning KOHTEI in Fukuyama City in 2017. He is currently carrying out several projects in Kyoto, Tokyo, London, and Madrid.

Business experience: 17years (as of Sep 2020)

2019: Established kodai and associates GmbH
2017: Established kodai and associates
2016-2017: Visiting Assistant Professor, Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)
2014-2018: Adjunct lecturer, Kurashiki Art and Science University, Fine Arts Course
2013-2018: Adjunct lecturer, Kyoto University of Art and Design, Mix-media Course
2013-2018: Adjunct lecturer, Kyoto University of Art and Design, Architecture Course
2013-2017: Established SANDWICH, Architecture
2005-2013: Joined Herzog & de Meuron, London and Basel
2005: AA Diploma, Architectural Association School of Architecture
2001-2003: Joined Clash Associates Architects, London
2001: Bachelor of Science, University of East London(Hons)
1978: Born in Kyoto, Japan
2017: JIA Chugoku Regional Award, Shinshyo-ji Museum of Zen and Gardens KOHTEI
2017: KOHTEI: German Design Council: winner of ICONIC AWARD 2017
2014: Architectural Association: Howard Colls Studentship, Best Drawing Award
2004: Howard Colls Studentship: Best Drawing Award
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