Principal, Global Architectural Design Group, Architectural Design Department
As an exchange student sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Tadahiko Murao studied urban and architectural design at the University of Washington’s graduate school from 1985 to 1987. He joined Nikken Sekkei in 1998 after receiving his master’s degree at the graduate school of Kobe University. His work portfolio includes large-scale private-sector projects such as Queen’s Square Yokohama, Pacific Century Place Marunouchi, Midland Square, Sapporo Sosei Square, and the head office buildings of major firms such as Nikkei, Subaru, Onward, and Nikken Sekkei (Nikken Sekkei Tokyo Building). Public facilities include the Central Government Building No. 8 (Cabinet Office) and Fukuoka High Court. In 2016, he won an international design competition for the Camp Nou soccer stadium in Barcelona. His many accolades include the Architectural Institute of Japan (AIJ) Prize (Practical Achievement Division), the Nikkei New Office Award. He is a registered first-class architect, a member of the AIJ, a registered architect of The Japan Institute of Architects (JIA), and an APEC architect. He has also served as a WAF (World Architecture Festival) jurist since 2017.