About


BIOGRAPHY

NATOWA is an international architecture studio founded in Tokyo, Japan in 2008 by architects Naofumi NAMBA and Kaori WATANABE.
In 2017, NATOWA also has started Oslo studio in Norway.
Our works are spanning across many disciplines such as urban, architecture, spatial, furniture and graphics design.
NATOWA employs a working approach based on architectural thinking.

NATOWA is registered as a Wildcard practice by NAL


NAOFUMI NAMBA

2016 – NATOWA/NAOFUMI NAMBA+KAORI WATANABE ARCHITECTS
2015 – 2016 Worked at SPOL ARCHITECTS / OSLO
2014 – 2015 Worked at A-LAB / OSLO
2008 – Founded NATOWA with KAORI WATANABE
2006 – 2014 Worked at SPACE GROUP ARCHITECTS / OSLO
2006 Worked at TORAFU ARCHITECTS / Tokyo
2006 Completed the Master Course of Architecture, Tokyo National University of Fine arts and music
2004 Graduated from Department of Architecture, Tokyo Science University
1981 Born in Tokyo, Japan

KAORI WATANABE

2016 – NATOWA/NAOFUMI NAMBA+KAORI WATANABE ARCHITECTS
2010 – 2013 Worked at RINTALA EGGERTSSON ARKITEKTER / OSLO
2008 – Founded NATOWA with NAOFUMI NAMBA
2004 – 2008 Worked at KOIZUMI STUDIO / TOKYO
2004 Graduated from Department of Architecture, Tokyo Science University
1980 Born in Tokyo, Japan

 


AWARDS

2016

  • Finalist, International two-stages architecture competition for  “ART MUSEUM AND CULTURAL QUARTER IN KRISTIANSAND”, Kristiansand, Norway
  • 2nd Prize, architecture competition for “ANBAI HOUSE IN MURAYAMA”, Yamagata, Japan

2004

  • 2nd Prize international architecture competition for “WEST–DIAOYUTAI TOWER”, China
  • Special Jury’s Prize “9 TSUBO HOUSE” architecture competition, Japan

2003

  • 1st Prize, Interior design competition for “REWIND 2003-1956”, Tokyo, Japan

EXHIBITIONS

2019

  • History in Practice / OSLO / NORWAY

2018

  • Unbuilt House / OSLO / NORWAY