George Kunihiro

Past President of the Architects Regional Council Asia (ARCASIA)

A noted American architect/educator, George Kunihiro graduated from University of California/Berkeley and received M. Arch from Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He has completed a Ph.D course at the University of Tokyo. George served as the Professor of Architecture at Kokushikan University in Tokyo from 1998 to 2022 and Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing since 2011.

George has also held the position of Visiting Professor at the Kyoto University of Arts and Crafts and Special Invited Professor at Meiji University. In the U.S., he has taught at Yale University School of Architecture, Columbia GSAPP, Harvard GSD and New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Among many leadership positions he has held, George served as a President of the Architectural Regional Council Asia (ARCASIA) from 2011-2012 and on the National Board of Directors and the Strategic Council of the AIA, where he is a Member of the College of Fellows since 2009. George served as the President of AIA Japan in 2016 and on the Board of the AIA International in 2017 and 2022.

George has received numerous international recognitions including the Presidential Medals from the AIA and from Federacion de Colegios de Arquitectos de Mexico in recognition of significant contribution to the field of architecture. He is a Richard Upjohn Fellow of the A.I.A. George has also served in numerous international architectural design juries including Japan, China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Turkey, Lebanon and Italy. His practice is based in Japan and has projects throughout Asia and in the USA.

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