Japanese architecture is widely admired around the world. This class surveys the fascinating history of architecture in Japan, from its ancient beginnings in the Jomon Period thousands of years ago, through the cutting-edge contemporary scene, and even buildings planned for the 2020 Olympics and beyond. Tokyo—one of the world’s premier architecture cities—will be our laboratory as we think about the examples of the numerous types and styles of buildings Japanese architects have created in each period of its history. Depending on student preference, several of our class meetings will be architecture walking tours where we will visit and get an up-close look at a few of the many great buildings in and around Tokyo.
Teacher: Mr. Charles Laurier
Charles Laurier is an Adjunct Professor of Art History at Lakeland University Japan Campus. His research has focused on Japanese architecture, with a special interest in the modern and contem-porary periods. He has published articles on architecture in Tokyo and Osaka and presented his research at various international conferences. He is currently working on a web-based walking guide to important Tokyo architectural structures.