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Atsushi Kitagawara Architects was founded by Atsushi Kitagawara in 1980 and reorganised into a corporation in 1982 in order to become a full-scale architectural firm. After building the cinema ‘Rise‘ in 1986, the company gained a boost in recognition due to the cinema’s remarkable creative design and attracted many visitors not only from within the country but also from overseas.

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Atsushi Kitagawara Architects works have bee featured in the media such as Japan’s most well-known architecture magazine “Shinkenchiku” and were also published in foreign countries. In 1992, a special feature edition for Atsushi Kitagawara was published by Japan Architect, an international edition of “Shinkenchiku“.

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In 1991, the architecture firm was awarded the Newcomer Prize by Japan Institute of Architects for the urban-type apartment project ‘Metroca’. In that same year, Atsushi Kitagawara Architects was elected by the Designers Selection Committee of Tokyo to design a police station at Higashi-Nihonbashi, the jurisdiction of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department: they received the Tokyo Architectural Award for this project.

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In the 90s, Atsushi Kitagawara Architects ventured more into the urban planning and large-scale projects, such as ‘Aria‘ in Kofu City in Yamanashi Prefecture – this project was highly evaluated for the fusion of the firm’s innovative urban design and harmony with the natural environment. ‘Aria‘ was awarded the Gold Medal of Good Design Award in 1995, and the Premium Award of Architectural Institute of Japan in 1997.

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Since then,  Atsushi Kitagawara Architects have always had a strong interest in global environmental issues for a long time, we have been doing research in wooden architecture which takes advantage for environmental symbiosis, and also putting effort into the design of large-scale wooden public facilities.

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The architecture firm works on a wide range of design, including urban design, landscape design, sign planning, interior design and furniture design, public and private projects, as well as architectural design.

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Atsushi Kitagawara Architects believe that the dream and the power of design can promote the economy and culture, and we continue to develop creative activities in order to contribute to a better society.

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