Stanford Architectural Design Program, Dhillon-Marty Foundation and Stanford Arts Institute to host Kengo Kuma of Japan

World-renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma will be the guest of Stanford University’s Architectural Design Program, the Dhillon-Marty Foundation and the Stanford Arts Institute at a series of events the weekend of June 7-8.

Kuma, a professor at Tokyo University and principal of Kengo Kuma and Associates, will address the AD class of 2013 at a public lecture Friday, June 7, at 6:30 p.m. in the Clark Center Auditorium on the Stanford campus.

Sonia Dhillon-Marty will host a dinner in Kuma’s honor Saturday evening at her home in Portola Valley.

These events are the first in a series of collaborations between and among the sponsoring organizations and Kuma’s office.

The Stanford Architectural Design Program integrates engineering and architecture in ways that blend innovative architectural design with cutting-edge engineering technologies and novel education methods. Students engage in hands-on work in architectural design studios and can choose from a broad mix of elective courses concerning energy conservation, sustainability, building systems and structures, in addition to design foundation and fine arts courses.

The Dhillon-Marty Foundation promotes peace and social justice through art, architecture and culture. In collaboration with institutes such as Stanford University and Tokyo University, the foundation creates programs to educate next generation of vision makers by producing and directing social activism through art, architecture, urban agriculture, sustainable farming and technology to cultivate civic engagement for global impact. The foundation and its collaborators create public arts projects with social message to engage the public in the dialogue and action.

The Stanford Arts Institute, drawing on the university’s strengths in collaboration and innovation, exists to integrate the values and skills found in the arts throughout a Stanford University education. The Stanford Arts Institute forges arts connections across the university; gives grants for faculty, staff, and students; presents arts events; incubates new projects; and promotes artists and cultural groups across campus. Since its founding in 2006, the Stanford Arts Institute has been a catalyst helping the Stanford arts community to grow.