Rolex celebrates the opportunity to include architecture as its seventh discipline. This is a natural step for the Rolex Initiative since its rewarding association with architect Álvaro Siza, who was the inaugural visual arts mentor in the programme.
The first mentor in architecture is world-renowned Kazuyo Sejima, a partner in Japanese architecture practice SANAA. She will guide and counsel Yang Zhao, a young architect from China, who will benefit from her wide professional experience and artistic direction over one year.
A focus on the next generation of architects is inherent in Rolex’s support for young professionals and demonstrates the company’s long tradition of promoting individual excellence.
The Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative was created to assist extraordinary, rising artists to achieve their full potential by pairing them with great masters for a year of creative collaboration.