Scaffold Episode 103: Takaharu & Yui Tezuka

The Japanese architects – renowned for their unorthodox designs for schools and kindergartens – extol the virtues of obstacles, inconvenience, and risk in their work.

Takaharu and Yui Tezuka founded Tokyo-based Tezuka Architects in 1994 after working for Richard Rogers in London.

While their projects vary widely and number in the hundreds, the Tezukas are best known for designing spaces for children, chief amongst them Fuji Kindergarten, which was granted the lofty title of "best school in the world" by UESCO.  Tezuka’s schools, and indeed most of their projects, enact radical experiments in both form and programme, inviting new, unorthodox ways of living and learning. 

“It’s not about what you take, it’s about what you share, and architects are capable of bringing all the puzzles of life together. Everything that happens between humans, happens in architecture; architecture is what makes us human. When we know architecture, we know life. When you make good architecture, you make a good life.”


Scaffold is a podcast series featuring interviews with architects, artists and designers. Hosted by Matthew Blunderfield and produced by the Architecture Foundation, it is available on Apple PocastsSpotify, and most major podcast streaming platforms.

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