People tend not to use this word beauty because it’s not intellectual –
but there has to be an overlap between beauty and intellect…
In this compact volume, celebrated Japanese architect Tadao Ando candidly describes his activities as a self-taught practitioner and one of the most unique voices in international architecture. Deriving many of the ideas for the book from lectures he delivered at the University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Architecture in the late 1990s, Conversations with Students is the first English translation of Ando’s own writings.
Ando is best known for crafting serenely austere structures that fuse Japanese building traditions with Western modernism. His minimalist masterworks-geometric forms clad in silky-smooth exposed concrete-are suffused with natural light and set in perfect harmony with the landscape. Ando candidly describes his experiences as a largely self-taught practitioner, tracing his development from an early interest in the traditional building craft of his native Japan through his political awakening in the turbulent 1960s to his current stature as one of the world’s foremost architects.
In addition to exploring his aesthetic influences and working process, Ando offers students a road map not only for maintaining professional integrity, but also for becoming effective agents of change in the world.
Published by Princeton Architectural Press