RUR Architecture PC is an internationally recognized multidisciplinary architectural design firm that 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. The firm provides a full scope of involvements with the relationship of architecture, structure and landscape and approaches each project as the continuation of an ongoing inquiry, delving into relationships among architecture, territory and systems of distribution. By working on projects of varying scales the firm has developed flexible strategies and techniques that integrate domains that historically have been kept apart.
RUR Architecture PC recently won two major international competitions: the Taipei Pop Music Center and the Kaohsiung Port Terminal, both scheduled to begin construction in 2013. O-14, a 22-story exoskeletal office tower, was completed in 2010 in Dubai and has received numerous international honors, including the Concrete Industry Board’s 2009 Award of Merit and the American Council of Engineering Companies’ 2009 Diamond Award. A comprehensive monograph of the project, O-14: Projection and Reception, was published by AA Publications in 2012. RUR Architecture PC published the Atlas of Novel Tectonics in 2006 and released the Japanese edition in 2008.
RUR Architecture PC gained considerable international attention in late 2007 when they were awarded first place honors during the international jury phase of the Shenzhen Airport Competition against Lord Norman Foster, Foreign Office Architects, Kisho Kurokowa, and Massimiliano Fuksas. The terminal’s cutting edge concrete shell design, a radical shift away from airport “Hi-Tech”, confirmed their status as leading practitioners in the field of architecture. In 2003, the firm was amongst six selected to put forth a design proposal for the World Trade Center in a collaborative effort with other internationally acclaimed firms under the name of “United Architects”.
Jesse Reiser (USA) and Nanako Umemoto (Japan), who have been practicing together since 1986, created RUR Architecture PC to be an incubator of innovative architecture and design culture. Jesse Reiser is a Professor of Architecture at Princeton University. Nanako Umemoto is currently a Visiting Professor at the Southern California Institute of Architecture, Los Angeles, CA. Jesse Reiser received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from The Cooper Union in New York and completed his Masters of Architecture at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, and in 1985, was appointed as a fellow of the American Academy in Rome. Nanako Umemoto graduated from The Cooper Union following her studies at the School of Urban Design at the Osaka University of Art. In addition to teaching together at Columbia University, they have individually taught and lectured at various educational and cultural institutions throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.
The work of RUR Architecture PC has been published and exhibited widely, and the firm was awarded the Chrysler Award for Excellence in Design in 1999. Jesse Reiser and Nanako Umemoto received the Academy Award in Architecture by the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2000. 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. Jesse Reiser and Nanako Umemoto were the recent recipients of the USA Booth Fellowship from United States Artists for Architecture & Design in 2012.
RUR Architecture PC is an internationally recognized multidisciplinary architectural design firm that 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. The firm provides a full scope of involvements with the relationship of architecture, structure and landscape and approaches each project as the continuation of an ongoing inquiry, delving into relationships among...