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In this Japanese name, the family name is Tange.
Kenzo Tange
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Kenzo Tange in 1981
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Name Kenzo Tange
Nationality Japanese
Birth date 4 September 1913
Birth place Osaka, Japan
Date of death 22 March 2005
Place of death Tokyo, Japan
Alma mater The University of Tokyo
Buildings Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, Plan for Skopje, Tokyo Olympic arenas, St Mary's Cathedral
Awards RIBA Gold Medal, AIA Gold Medal, Order of Culture, Order of Sacred Treasure

Kenzo Tange (丹下 健三 , Tange Kenzō, September 4, 1913 – March 22, 2005) was a Japanese architect and professor at the University of Tokyo. He was the 1987 winner of the Pritzker Architecture Prize.

Early life

Tange was born in Osaka. He grew up in the small city of Imabari in Ehime Prefecture on the island of Shikoku in 1913.

Tange studied film at Nihon University to avoid joining the military.

In 1935, he began studying architecture at the University of Tokyo. Hideto Kishida and Shozo Uchida were two of his teachers.


Tange won a contest to design the Greater East Asian Co-Prosperity Sphere Memorial Hall in 1942.

After the war, he became a professor at the University of Tokyo and taught such architects as Arata Isozaki, Koji Kamiya, Kisho Kurokawa, Fumihiko Maki and Sachio Otani.

Tange was in charge of the rebuilding Hiroshima after World War II. He designed the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

In 1959-60 Tange was a founding member of the architectural movement called Metabolism.

In 1987, Tange won the Pritzker Prize.


  • RIBA Gold Medal, UK
  • AIA Gold Medal, US
  • Order of Culture, Japan
  • Order of Sacred Treasure, Japan

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