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Keisuke Maeda was born in 1974 in Fukuyama-city, Hiroshima, Japan. In 2003, five years after obtaining the Takizawa Prize for the best thesis of the year from the Department of Architecture at Kokushikan University, he established his own office UID, which stands for Universal Innovative Design. Since then, he has won numerous awards, including the Dedalo Minosse International Prize – Occam Under 40 from the ALA – Assoarchitetti in Italy, AR House 2016, Design Vanguard Awards 2014 and JIA Young Architect Award 2012.

Shingo Masuda and Katsuhisa Otsubo established their practice shortly after graduating in 2007. Although difficult economic conditions in modern-day Japan have limited their professional opportunities to mostly interior projects and renovations, they quickly garnered professional recognition and numerous prizes including the prestigious Emerging Architecture Award, with previous winners including Sou Fujimoto and Li Xiaodong.

Studio Schwitalla is founded by architect Max Schwitalla in Berlin in 2012. He studied architecture at the University of Stuttgart and received his Master’s degree from the ETH Zurich. Prior to Studio Schwitalla, he has worked for OMA and Graft, and co-founded HENN StudioB. The studio focuses on experimental works intersecting architecture and urban design, conceiving of neighborhoods as three dimensional structures in response to future urban mobility.

Estudio Barozzi Veiga is a Barcelona-based architectural office founded in 2004 by Fabrizio Barozzi and Alberto Veiga. Fabrizio Barozzi graduated from the Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia and the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Sevilla. He also studied at the Ecole nationale supérieure d’architecture de Paris La Villette. Alberto Veiga graduated from the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Navarra.

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