Born in 1956, in Hitachi City in Ibaraki Prefecture. After graduating with a degree in Housing and Architecture (Department of Social and Family Economy) from Japan Women’s University, she obtained a master’s degree from the same university. She worked at Toyo Ito and Associates, before establishing the Kazuyo Sejima Office in 1987. In 1995, she established SANAA (Sejima and Nishizawa and Associates) with Ryue Nishizawa. Since then, the duo have collaborated on multiple design projects including: 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa; Musée Louvre-Lens; the Rolex Learning Center; and the Glass Pavilion at the Toledo Museum of Art. The duo have multiple awards in Japan and internationally, including the Pritzker Architecture Prize, the Rolf Schock Visual Arts Prize, and a Golden Lion in the exhibition category at the Venice Biennale of Architecture.