In Memoriam: Fumihiko Maki (1928 – 2024)

Pritzker winner Fumihiko Maki, whose work includes two buildings in Canada, recently passed away at the age of 95.

Photo courtesy of Fumihiko Maki’s Facebook page

Renowned architect Fumihiko Maki passed away on June 6, 2024, at the age of 95.

Maki was the winner of the  Pritzker Prize  in 1993. In 2011, the American Institute of Architects honoured Maki with its highest accolade, the AIA Gold Medal.

Maki was born in Tokyo, and received education from the University of Tokyo (BS Arch), Cranbrook Academy of Art (M.Arch) and Harvard University Graduate School of Design (M.Arch). Over the years, he maintained an interest in education while continuing to grow his practice, Maki and Associates.

Maki taught architecture and urban design at Harvard and Washington University while he lived in the U.S. After returning to Japan, he became a professor at Tokyo University, where he taught architecture until 1987.

In Canada, Maki completed the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto as well as the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat in Ottawa, both in association with Moriyama Teshima Architects.

Over the years, Maki also won the Wolf Prize from Israel in 1988, the Thomas Jefferson Medal in Architecture in 1990, the Gold Medal of the UIA in 1993, the Arnold Brunner Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1999, and the Praemium Imperiale from the Japan Arts Association in 1999. Harvard University also awarded him the Prince of Wales Prize in Urban Design in 1993.

Calligraphy credit: H. Masud Taj