(1894–1974). Japanese architect. He made his name as a designer of timber houses, often discarding the logic of historical types, e.g. when creating windows in the corners of the buildings where traditionally they would have posts. From the 1950s he designed several public buildings, using concrete. Among his works the Sekiya House (1931), Shinkiraku Restaurant (1940–62), Ryuzaburo Umeharo Studio-House (1951–8), Suzuki House (1957), Inomata House (1967), Mangan-ji Temple (1969), Mikiya House (1971), and Prince Chichibu House (1972), all in Tokyo, may be cited. He sought to create a truly modern Japanese architecture, freed from International Modernism and other non-Japanese influences.
From A Dictionary of Architecture and Landscape Architecture in Oxford Reference.