Fujimori Terunobu (藤森 照信, born November 21, 1946) is a Japanese architect and historian of architecture. He was born 21 November 1946 in Miyakawa-mura, Suwa-gun, Nagano Prefecture, Japan. That place is now part of Chino-shi. He has taught at several Japanese universities including: Tōhoku University, Tokyo University, and Kogakuin University. He was a visiting scholar at Tōhoku University of Art and Design. He is professor emeritus at Tokyo University. Fujimori is especially interested in the history of modern Japanese architecture and natural design. He is known for using shapes from nature for his designs.
Biography[change | change source]
He graduated from the architecture department at the faculty of engineering of Tōhoku University in 1971. Then he went for graduate study at Tokyo University. In 1979, he finished his dissertation "Historical Research on City Planning in the Meiji Era" and got his PhD.
In 1986 he won the Suntory Arts Prize for his book "Adventures of an Architectural Detective-Tokyo Edition" (建築探偵の冒険・東京篇 in Japanese). That year, he also one of the first members of the "Roadside Observation" art group (路上観察学会 in Japanese) with the artist Genpei Akasegawa and the illustrator and manga artist Shinpo Minami.
In 2001, he finished a dormitory for the Kumamoto Prefectural University of Agriculture. That dormitory won an architecture prize. Fujimori was a commissioner for the 10th Venice Biennale in 2006. He also directed a TV series for Fuji TV.
In 2010, Fujimori retired from the University of Tokyo and joined Kogakuin University.
Books[change | change source]
Fujimori has written many books about architecture. Some describe his projects. Others are books of architectural history. He has published more than 25 books of his own. He has edited or written more than a dozen books with other writers.
Projects[change | change source]
- Jinchokan Moriya Historical Museum - 1991 - Chino, Nagano 
- Dandelion House - 1995 - Kokubunji, Tokyo
- Nira House (Genpei Akasegawa House) - 1997 - Machida, Tokyo
- Lone Pine House - 1998 - Fukuoka City
- The Forum - Niigata Prefecture Myoukou City
- Niwase Family Tomb - 2003 - Kamakura, Kanagawa (with Nobumichi Oshima)
- Teahouse Tetsu - 2006 - Hokuto City, Yamanashi Prefecture
- Chocolate House - 2009 - Kokubunji, Tokyo
- Roof House - 2009 - Shiga Prefecture