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United States, China, and Japan Earn Top Spots in the World Design Rankings

While we wait for summer 2020 and another chance to watch the medal counts climb and cheer on our home countries in the next Olympics, a different type of international contest has tallied its scores and the United States has taken the gold in the World Design Rankings, with China and Japan following for second and third place respectively. Sponsored by the international A’ Design Award and Competition, the world’s largest and most diverse design accolade, the World Design Rankings are compiled based on the number of designers from each country granted an A’ Design Award.

Zhongnan Mansion Clubhouse / Kris Lin. Image © KLID Shaw Contract Group Atlanta Showroom Showroom + Office / Perkins + Will. Image © Gabriel Benzer and Nigel Marson N8-house [ House of III-BOX ] Residential House / Masahiko Sato. Image © Toshihisa Ishii Urban Skyfarm / Steve Lee. Image © Aprilli Design Studio + 23

Cloud of Luster Chapel / KTX archiLAB

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Himeji, Japan
  • Architects: KTX archiLAB
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 245.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2019

The Edge of The Wood / Matsuya Art Works / KTX archiLAB

South Facade. Image © Stirling Elmendorf Protracted sharp eaves. Image © Stirling Elmendorf View from Entrance. Image © Stirling Elmendorf General view. Image © Stirling Elmendorf + 17

Miki, Japan

The Cutting Edge Pharmacy / KTX archiLAB

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Himeji, Japan
  • Architects: KTX archiLAB
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 150.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2016

Shuhei Endo on Why Architecture Should Be "Paramodern"

Japan has long been one of the centers of production when it comes to avant-garde architecture, stretching back to the middle of the 20th century with Modernist masters such as Kenzo Tange. As one of Japan's new, emerging architectural leaders Shuhei Endo – the founder of architecture firm Paramodern – believes the country is still well positioned at the forefront of architecture, creating new responses to the concept of modernity itself. In the second interview from our series covering “Japan's New Masters,” Ebrahim Abdoh speaks to Endo about what it means to be “Modern” in the modern world, and how these ideas have influenced his architecture.

Ebrahim Abdoh: What is your earliest memory of wanting to be an architect?

Shuhei Endo: When I was a child at elementary school, one day, the teacher took our class to an architecture exhibit in Osaka. The year was 1962. I remember seeing all the drawings, and models of these strange buildings. It was that day that I heard the words "architect" and "architecture" for the first time. Many years later, I applied to university to study architecture and got in. I always wanted to see the world. In my first few years of university, I went on a trip all over Europe. If that little exhibit I went to in Osaka was my baptism, then Rome was my confirmation. When I walked into the Pantheon… that is when I knew that I had made the right choice.

Slowtecture M. Image © Courtesy of Shuhei Endo / Paramodern Rooftecture OT2. Image © Stirling Elmendorf Rooftecture S. Image © Courtesy of Shuhei Endo / Paramodern Bubbletecture H. Image © Courtesy of Shuhei Endo / Paramodern + 13

M-House / TOFU

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Ashiya, Japan
  • Architects: TOFU
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 158.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2014

House in Takamatsu / : Yasunari Tsukada Design

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  • Architects: Yasunari Tsukada Design
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2012

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end…Link Beauty Salon / Yasunari Tsukada Design

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  • Architects: Yasunari Tsukada Design
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 114.56
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2012

Rooftecture OT2 / Shuhei Endo

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Kita Ward, Japan
  • Architects: Shuhei Endo
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 127.7
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2012