Junko Kirimoto was born in Japan in 1970 and graduated in Architecture from Kyoto Seika university in 1992. Her thesis earned her the Golden Thesis Award from the JIA – the Japan Institute of Architects.
She has collaborated with several architects, including Shin Takamatsu, Kazuyo Sejima and Massimiliano Fuksas.
In 2002, she founded Rome-based Alvisi Kirimoto together with Massimo Alvisi.
Her cultural identity manifests in her attention to detail, design rigour and minimalist approach. She leads numerous projects, mainly related to the spheres of interior and industrial design. These include Whittle School & Studios in Nanjing and Shanghai, in collaboration with the Renzo Pianos Building Workshop, and the Foldable Layers furniture design project.