ICJS Event: Geeta Mehta on "Japanese Architecture Now"

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009
7:00 p.m. open (7:30 p.m. start)
TUJ Azabu Hall 212 (Access)
Open to general public.
You can purchase a bento and drinks at the convenience store next to the university.
Registration closed

About the Event

Japanese architecture continues to be on the cutting edge with exciting innovations in design, materials and technology. Even as the economy languishes, spectacular new buildings are being built as multinational and Japanese clients recognize the importance of architecture in their brand strategy. In this lecture Dr. Mehta will discuss the developments in Japanese architecture since the turn on the century.

Speaker: Geeta Mehta

Geeta Mehta is a former faculty member of TUJ, and a visiting faculty at Columbia University in New York. She is also the President of the Japan Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Geeta received her graduate degree in Architecture from Columbia University and her Ph.D. from the University of Tokyo. She is a practicing architect and has designed projects in Japan, India and Vietnam. Her work has included diverse projects ranging from slum improvements in Mumbai to luxury homes in Tokyo. Geeta is also a partner in URBZ (http://www.urbz.org ), a think tank committed to developing online and offline tools for "User Generated Cities". A resident of Japan for 23 years, Geeta is the co-author of several books including Japan Style, Japan Living, Japan Gardens, Japan House, and New Japan Architecture.

Moderator: Noriko Murai

Noriko Murai is Assistant Professor of Art History at TUJ. She received her Ph.D. in modern art history from Harvard University. Her specialization is modern Japanese art, and her research interests include the reception of Japanese art in the West and the role of women in visual arts. She is the co-author of Journeys East; Isabella Stewart Gardner and Asia (2009) and has published articles in both English and Japanese.

About ICJS
The Institute of Contemporary Japanese Studies (ICJS) is an organization dedicated to fostering study and research on various topics related to contemporary Japan and Asia.