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Friday25 July 2014

Chinese architect scoops Sejima mentorship

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Yang Zhao triumphs in worldwide search for protege

Kazuyo Sejima has chosen a Chinese architect as her protégé for a year as part of the Rolex-sponsored mentor and protégé arts initiative.

Yang Zhao

Yang Zhao

Yang Zhao already runs his own practice, Zhaoyang Studio, and is working on two buildings in the rural area of Yunnan Province, China.

Zhao will work with Sejima on Home-for-All, a project created by Japanese architects in response to the housing crisis following the 2011 tsunami.

Sejima said: “Yang Zhao puts much care into each of his projects, which are most often located in the outskirts of the city, so that they have a relationship with their context. I look forward to seeing what he would bring to the project in the Tohoku region.”

Zhao added that he was “honoured” to have been chosen.

“My objectives are to experience a challenging and creative collaboration process with Sejima-san, to learn from the design culture in Japan, and to make my contribution to the whole reconstruction project,” he said.

Zhao is one of six protégés chosen for the programme. Each receives 25,000 Swiss francs to support participation in the programme. At the conclusion of the mentoring year, he or she is eligible for an additional 25,000 Swiss francs for the creation of a new work.

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