Kathryn Gustafson wins the Obayashi award


Sport & Wellness, Landscape,

Landscape architect Kathryn Gustafson of Gustafson Guthrie Nichol has won the Obayashi award presented by the foundation of the same name in Tokyo, Japan.

Kathryn Gustafson wins the Obayashi award

The Obayashi Foundation has awarded a prize every two years since 2000 for the promotion of interdisciplinary research on the city. In previous editions the prize was presented to scholars from a number of different disciplines, including economist Paul Krugman, museum curator Germain Viatte and urban planner Zhou Ganzhi.
The eighth prize was awarded to landscape architect Kathryn Gustafson, acknowledging her ability to design spaces expressing a sense of unity with their surroundings.
Working with studios Gustafson Guthrie Nichol in Seattle and Gustafson Porter in London, Kathryn Gustafson creates projects evoking the ecological, cultural and historical qualities of the places they belong to.
Kathryn Gustafson does not simply modify the land, she reinterprets the potential of the site to create sustainable spaces in which people can feel good both physically and spiritually, re-establishing contact with the land around them.

(Agnese Bifulco)