Jesse Reiser and Nanako Umemoto, Founders, RUR Architecture DPC



Reiser + Umemoto, RUR Architecture is an internationally recognized multi-disciplinary design firm with built projects across a wide range of scales. The firm’s winning proposals for both the Taipei Pop Music Center and the Kaohsiung Port Terminal are now under construction in Taiwan, while O-14, a 22-story exoskeletal office tower in Dubai, was completed in 2012 and has received numerous international honors.
Jesse Reiser is a Professor of Architecture at Princeton University and Nanako Umemoto is a Visiting Professor at Washington University in St. Louis. Reiser and Umemoto have taught at various schools, including Columbia University in the City of New York, Yale University, Harvard University, University of Pennsylvania, The University of Hong Kong – HKU – 香港大學, Kyoto University, and have lectured widely at various educational and cultural institutions throughout the US, Europe, and Asia.

The work of Reiser + Umemoto has been published and exhibited widely; the Kaohsiung Port Terminal received the 2014 Progressive Architecture Award and O-14 has received numerous international honors, including an AIA Design Award, the Concrete Industry Board’s 2009 Award of Merit and the American Council of Engineering Companies’ 2009 Diamond Award. The firm was awarded the Chrysler Award for Excellence in Design in 1999, and Jesse Reiser and Nanako Umemoto received the Academy Award in Architecture by the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2000. Reiser + Umemoto published the Atlas of Novel Tectonics in 2006, and released the Japanese version in 2008. 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. In 2012, Jesse Reiser and Nanako Umemoto received the USA Booth Fellowship from United States Artists for Architecture & Design.

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