The group F.O.B.A. is a collective, collaborative architectural practice in Kyoto.
It was founded barren Katsu Umebayashi (°Kyoto, 1963) and currently employs 12 architects employees (including Thomas). The group gradually beginning to break through internationally through collaborations with Cas Oosterhuis and Ole Bauman (Rotterdam) in a visitors’ pavilion in Osaka, Sei Wanatabe in Tokyo and with Markus Novak in Los Angeles. The group F.O.B.A. received the ‘Tokyo innovative Housing Award in 1996 and the “Japan Design prize in 1999. The group was selected for the Venice Biennale and was now in Dutch Architecture Institute in Rotterdam invited to an exhibition of recent work.