Noriaki OKABE


Personal History

1947 Born in Shizuoka, Japan
1971 Graduated from the College of Engineering, Waseda University, Tokyo, majoring in Architecture.
1973 Studied in France as French Government's Scholarship Student.
1974-1977 Joined Piano & Rogers. Participated in such projects as Centre George Pompidou and IRCAM Audio Laboratory.
1977-1981 Participated in the establishment of Piano & Rice Associati together with Renzo Piano, Peter Rice (structural engineer) and Shunji Ishida. Involved in design activities in Genoa and in Turin, Italy for FIAT-car-project.
1981-1988 Worked as Chief Architect for Renzo Piano's Office in Paris.
Headed as Chief Architect the renovation of corporate headquarters of the schrumberger Montrouge facility in the suburbs of Paris. In 1988, continued the collaboration with Renzo Piano as chief architect for Renzo Piano Building Workshop Paris, and charged as Planner and Chief Architect of Bercy II shopping Centre and IRCAM Extension. Headed the competition-winning Kansai International Airport Passenger Terminal Building project (Coholder of the copyright of the project with Renzo Piano).
1989-1994 Established Renzo Piano Building Workshop Japan and Served as representative director. Charged as design supervisor, overseeing the design and construction of the Kansai International Airport Passenger Terminal Building. Also involved in design of Ushibuka Port Connecting bridge, Kumamoto.
1995 Established design research organization Noriaki Okabe Architecture Network, Tokyo. Independent design activities during his Building Workshop phase designing a 4,000-square-meters exhibition space for uLes Japon des Avant-Gardesvheld in the Centre George Pompidou, IRCAM exhibit at Pompidou.
Member of Architects Association (order des architectes) of France
Member of Architectural Institute of Japan

Major Publication

Editorial Supervisor, The Making of Kansai International Airport Terminal (published in 1994 by Kodansha).

Major Awards

1985 Equerre D'argent Prize (as an Associate Architect of Renzo Piano).
Renovation of the Schlumberger Facility (Paris).
1995 Nikkei BP Technology Awards Grand Prize for design of and construction technologies for Kansai International Airport Man-Made Island and Passenger Terminal. Together with Renzo Piano and Kansai International Airport Company Ltd, Design JV, Construction JV.
1995 Architectural Institute of Japan prize for design of Kansai International Airport Passenger Terminal Building (jointly awarded to Renzo Piano).