Securing the generous support of the politicians and industrialists who propelled Japan’s modernization, Ogawa Jihei VII created many outstanding gardens at the end of the nineteenth and the first few decades of the twentieth century. Expressing a Japanese aesthetic even while incorporating modern techniques, his methodology reveals the nature of modernization as Japan experienced it. With a keen eye for architecture, author Suzuki Hiroyuki takes a long-awaited look at modernization and the modern garden. Awarded the Architectural Institute of Japan’s Annual Prize for Publication in 2014.
Born in Tokyo in 1945, Suzuki completed the doctoral course at the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Engineering in 1974 and was later awarded the Doctor of Engineering degree. After studying overseas at the University of London Courtauld Institute of Art and working as a full-time lecturer at the University of Tokyo Faculty of Engineering, in 1990 he began working as a professor at the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Engineering. After retiring from this position, he was named professor emeritus at the University of Tokyo. In April 2009 he began working as a professor at the Aoyama Gakuin University School of Cultural and Creative Studies. In April 2010 he was appointed drector of the Museum Meiji-mura, a position he held until his death in Tokyo in 2014.
Publications include: Tōkyō no geniusu roki [Genius loci in Tokyo] (Bungei Shunjū, 1990, Suntory Prize for Social Sciences and Humanities); Vikutorian goshikku no hōkai [The collapse of Victorian Gothic] (Chūōkōron Bijutsu Shuppan, 1999, Society of Architectural Historians of Japan Prize); Toshi no kanashimi [The sadness of cities] (Chūōkōron-Shinsha, 2007); and Kenchiku: Mirai e no isan [Architecture: A legacy for the future] (A posthumous collection of manuscripts edited by Itō Takeshi, University of Tokyo Press, 2017).