1948 Born in Osaka.
1974 Graduated from Osaka Institute of Technology in architecture. Joined Imanishi Architectural Design Room after graduation.
1982 Won recognitions in the Commercial Space Design Award and the Sign Design Award.
1985 Opened Seiji Ishibashi Architectural Design Office.
1989 Established Seiji Ishibashi Architectural Design Office Co., Ltd.
1990 Received an award in the Du Pont Korean Design Contest.
1996 Received the Kinki New Office Promotion Award.
1997 Received an award in the INAX Design Contest.
Currently a regular member of the Japan Institute of Architects and the Osaka Association of Architects & Building Engineers
To create a building that, the moment it is completed, begins to take its firm position in the environment—this is the everlasting theme for me when I go about designing structures.
The importance of an act that brings forth a structure that can physically last more than half a century—this is what I always keep in mind when I design buildings. I often see buildings that look as if they were produced for commercial consumption. Every time I see them,
I resolve to think that the act of creating buildings is not just for making symbols of artificial splendor or eye-catching designs. Nor is it the act of severely limiting architectural activities so as to protect our environment. Throughout our history,
the global environment has always continued to change at the hands of living things. It is only natural that our environment should change. If we can say that human cultures are only tiny segments of this ever-continuing change, such change should then be a rich one where we humans can coexist with nature.
It happens that we sometimes add new elements to older buildings to reflect the needs of the times. These structures, which were once completed, can be rejuvenated by breathing a new life into them.
It is true that architects’ preferences for the designs of their past works do change. But this does not reject the spirit behind such a change. In the same manner,
we cannot negate those old buildings that strongly reflect a variety of thoughts and ideas in the course of human history if they were created with the firm beliefs and passions of the times.
I truly want to keep designing structures that can coexist with others through a repeated process of creation and rejuvenation.