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Born in Japan’s prefecture of Ibaraki, Kazuyo Sejima received a degree in architecture at the Japan Women's University in 1981. Upon completion of her studies she began working in the office of architect Toyo Ito. In 1987 she opened her own studio in Tokyo and then in 1995, together with Ryue Nishizawa, she founded SANAA. Her own works include Gifu Kitagata Apartment (Gifu, Japan, 2000), Small House (Tokyo, Japan, 2000) and House in Plum Grove (Tokyo, Japan, 2003). SANAA’s main works include the Christian Dior Building in Omotesando, (Tokyo, Japan, 2003), The 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa (Kanazawa, Japan, 2004), The New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York (New York, USA, 2007), the Serpentine Pavilion in London (London, England, 2009), and The Rolex Learning Center, EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne - Lausanne, Switzerland, 2009). The Louvre Lens project is currently under construction and to be completed in 2012. Kazuyo Seijima was awarded the Pritzker Prize in 2010.