Jesse Reiser / Nanako Umemoto
Reiser & Umemoto
New York, NY
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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Reiser + Umemoto, RUR Architecture, DPC, is an internationally recognized multidisciplin ary design firm, which has built projects at a wide range of scales: from furniture design, to residential and commercial structures, up to the scale of landscape, urban design, and infrastructure. In 2013, both the Taipei Pop Music Center and the Kaohsiung Port Terminal began construction in Taiwan, and O-14, a 22-story exoskeletal office tower in Dubai was completed in 2012. The Kaohsiung Port Terminal recently received the 2014 Progressive Architecture Award. O-14 has received numerous international honors, including an AIA Design Award, the Concrete Industry Board’s 2009 Award of Merit and the American Council of Engineering Companies’ 2009 Diamond Award. A comprehensive monograph of the building, entitled O-14: Projection and Reception, was released in 2013 in collaboration with AA Publications.

The work of Reiser + Umemoto has been published and exhibited widely; the firm was awarded the Chrysler Award for Excellence in Design in 1999, and Jesse Reiser and Nanako Umemoto received the Academy Award in Architecture by the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2000. Reiser + Umemoto published the Atlas of Novel Tectonics in 2006, and released the Japanese version in 2008. In May of 2008, they were awarded the Presidential Citation from President George Campbell of the Cooper Union for outstanding practical and theoretical contributions to the field of Architecture, and in April 2011, they were honored with the John Hejduk Award, also from the Cooper Union. Recently Jesse Reiser and Nanako Umemoto were the recipients of the USA Booth Fellowship from United States Artists for Architecture & Design in 2012.