Architect, Professor of Japan Women's University, miya akiko architecture atelier
MIYA Akiko is an architect who leads miya akiko architecture atelier, and conducts design education and research as a professor at the Japan Women's University. Born in Hyogo and grew up in Yokohama. After receiving architectural education at the Japan Women's University, she has experienced at two design offices, Raymond Architectural Design Office and Studio ARTEC. And she made her debut at "Mountain Retreat in Nasu " in 1999. Through this work, she discovered around independent walls that created invisible spaces in one open space people could spontaneously find their own place like resting in a shade of a rock by a seaside, while moving themself. After this work, she has been continuing to design and think how the walls would afford people’s place. For such works she got several important architectural awards in Japan which is SD review for "kogota seminar house" in 2004, Yoshioka Award for "house I" in 2010, and New Architect Award of Japan Institute of Architecture for "house K" in 2011. It could be said that her proposed walls influenced many architects in Japan.
From 2021 to 2022, she participated the exhibition "When Shapes Talk" in France as one of the 35 Japanese architects born after 1960.