Shōzō Uchii

Shōzō Uchii
Born20 February 1933
Tokyo, Japan
Died3 August 2002(2002-08-03) (aged 69)
Tokyo, Japan
Alma materWaseda University
Kyoto University
PracticeShōzō Uchii Architect and Associates
BuildingsSetagaya Art Museum

Shōzō Uchii (内井 昭蔵, Uchii Shōzō) was a Japanese architect and academic authority on the works of Frank Lloyd Wright. Known for the design of landmark structures such as the Setagaya Art Museum,[1] Oita City Museum of Art, and the Fukiage Palace, the residence on the grounds of the Tokyo Imperial Palace for the Emperor of Japan..

Uchii was awarded the R.S Reynolds Memorial Prize in 1980 for his design of the Treasury building of the Kuon-ji Temple in Minobu, Yamanashi Prefecture.

Early life, education and career

Uchii was born in Tokyo on the 20 February 1933. After graduating with both an undergraduate and master's degree from Waseda University in 1958, he started his architectural career in the offices of influential Metabolist pioneer Kiyonori Kikutake. Uchii started his own independent architectural practice, Shōzō Uchii Architect and Associates, in 1967.

Uchii earned a PhD degree in Engineering from Kyoto University in 1992.

From 1979 to 1981, Uchii served as President of the Japan Institute of Architects.

List of works


Honors and recognition

Uchii's awards and honors include:

  • 1980 – R.S. Reynolds Memorial Award for Kuonji Temple Treasury, Minobu, Yamanashi
  • 1986 – Mainichi Art Prize


  1. ^ Alofsin, Anthony (1999). Frank Lloyd Wright: Europe and Beyond. University of California Press. p. 42. ISBN 978-0520211162.
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