Spring 2014 Public Lecture Series – Terunobu Fujimori 藤森照信

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

PL08Speaker: Terunobu Fujimori 藤森照信
Lecture Title: How to construct architecture in harmony with nature – Fujimori style

About the Speaker:

He was born in Nagano, Japan, in 1946. Completed doctor degree of architecture at Tokyo University in 1978, in 1980 received doctor degree from Tokyo University, and was a faculty member of Tokyo University till March, 2010, when he retired as professor and was appointed professor emeritus. On April 1, 2010 he moved to Kogakuin University, Tokyo, and was professor of architecture department till March this year. He has long been an architectural historian and has taught at universities first as a historian and later as a historian and an architect. He started designing at his age of over 40. Among many books published are; “Terunobu Fujimori architect” (Munich, Villa Stuck and Hatze Cantz, 2012). “Tour of Architectural Materials” (Tokyo, Shinkenchiku-sha, 2009), “Ground Tour” (Tokyo: Acetate Publishing, 2008), “Fujimori Terunobu Architecture” (Tokyo, TOTO Publishing, 2007), “The Contemporary Japanese Tea House” (Tokyo: Kodansha International, 2007). Major built works are; “Chocolate House”, 2009, Tokyo, “Roof House”, 2009, Shiga, “Coal House”, 2008, Utsunomiya, “Yakisugi House (Charred Cedar House)”, 2007, Nagano, “Lamune Onsen” (Soda Pop Spa), 2005, Oita, Takasugi-an (Too-High Teahouse), 2004, Nagano, “Akino Fuku Art Museum” 1997, Shizuoka, ”Tanpopo House(Dandelion House), 1995, Tokyo, Jinchokan Moriya Historical Museum, 1991, Nagano. His recent works tend to be teahouses like “Boucha-bune” and “Irisen-tei” in Taiwan 2010, “Flying Mud Boat” in Nagano 2010, “Walking Cafe” in Munich 2012, “Stork House” in Austria 2013. A major exhibition was Venice Biennale, 2006, Japanese Pavilion.

Lecture Synopsis:


My main theme of designing is harmonization of architecture and nature. A method is to use natural materials, and another is to greening of architecture. One more major theme is “teahouses”. In designing teahouses, Japanese traditional ways are intentionally avoided and uniqueness is always pursued.

This lecture is open to the general public.

The Spring 2014 Public Lecture Series are co-sponsored by “Ronald Lu & Partners (HK) Ltd.” & “Woo, Chow, Wong & Partners (HK) Ltd.” visiting lectureship in architecture.