Shizuka Hariu is a Japanese scenographer and architect based in Brussels, London and Sendai.
Her scenography describes the relationship between concrete and imaginary space based on her training as an architect, and acute understanding of architectural environments.
She has been designing for a wide variety of stage productions.
Her major work Sacred Monsters (choreographer Akram Khan and dancer Sylvie Guillem) performed at Sadler's Wells, London, La Monnaie, Royal Opera House, Théatre des Champs-Elysées, Sydney Opera House, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan and others, with glowing reviews.
Having researched “Scenography for Contemporary Dance' at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (London), Shizuka is planning her first solo exhibition as a PhD researcher at Leeds Metropolitan University (UK).
She was awarded a fellowship from the Japanese government agency for Cultural Affairs from 2002 - 2004 and was further awarded a grant from the POLA Arts Foundation (Japan) in 2005.
Graduating with a Masters degree in Architecture from Tokyo University of Science in 2000, she has worked as an assistant Architect at Shoichi Haryu Architects & Associates (Japan), Adjaye Associates (London), and assistant scenographer for Jan Veresweyveld (Belgium), and is now co-director at Shin Hagiwara & Shizuka Hariu Architecture + Scenography.
Shizuka has obtained various awards including the Tokyo Design Centre Award, Mainichi Published DAS Design.