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Book Signing: Botond and Balazs Bognar

Meet authors Botond and Balazs Bognar as they sign copies of their newly released book Kengo Kuma: Portland Japanese Garden.

Copies of the book will be available for sale before the signing through the website, in addition to being available on the day of this signing.

  • 3:30 to 4pm is open to Gateway Members Only
  • 4pm the event opens for all Members

Light refreshments will be available throughout the book signing.
No RSVP required; Members will check-in at the entrance to the event.

About the Authors

Balazs Bognar is an American architect and a design director at Kengo Kuma and Associates. He received his Master in Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, and his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture at Washington University of St. Louis. Bognar has been based in Tokyo and working with Kengo Kuma since 2007, focusing on projects primarily in the United States, but also in Canada, Australia, China, and Japan. Significant projects completed with Kengo Kuma include the Red Bull Music Academy Japan (Tokyo, 2014), Shizuku by Chef Naoko (Portland, 2016), Portland Japanese Garden (2017), Suteki House (Happy Valley, 2017), and the soon to be completed Rolex Tower (Dallas). He has projects in progress in Sydney, Tokyo, Vancouver, Seattle, Los Angeles, and Vail, Colorado.

Botond Bognar is Professor and Edgar A. Tafel Endowed Chair in Architecture at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He received his B.S. in Architecture and M.Arch. degrees at the Technical University of Budapest and his M.A. in Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of California, Los Angeles. As a Japanese Governmental (Mombusho) Scholar he conducted research at the Tokyo Institute of Technology for two years in the early 1970s and still maintains a close relationship with the organization. He practiced architecture in both Hungary and Japan, where he lived for several years. An internationally-renowned scholar on the history and theories of contemporary Japanese architecture and urbanism, he has taught graduate studios and lecture and seminar courses in the Illinois School of Architecture since 1981. He is a contributor to more than 30 books and has lectured in the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia.