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January 7, 2010 Judy Hughes
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Visiting professor offers insight into contemporary Japanese architecture

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Architecture can encourage people to look forward and back, and several contemporary Japanese architects combine the best of the two approaches. A visiting professor who writes about the art and the craft of Japanese architecture will give two free public lectures from her vantage point this spring at the University of Louisville.

Dana Buntrock, associate professor of architecture at University of California-Berkeley, will spend the semester as the Frederic Lindley Morgan visiting professor of architectural design in UofL’s fine arts department. She will teach “Contemporary Architecture in Japan and the United States.”

Her free, public talks will begin at 6 p.m. in Speed Art Museum, 2035 S. Third St., next to UofL’s Belknap Campus. UofL’s fine arts department sponsors the Frederic Lindley Morgan architectural history lectures, named for the late Louisville building designer.

Buntrock's talks will be:

Jan. 28 — “Tradition and Today: Materials and Meaning in Contemporary Japanese Architecture.” She is expected to talk about stories from her book of that title and show several modern architects’ works that are little known in the West. She will discuss how some Japanese structures are modern and spare metal and glass buildings, while others reflect age and religious roots.

April 15 — “Four Small Structures Bursting With Big Ideas: SUMIKA.” In this talk Buntrock will discuss an architectural exhibition involving four architects building four structures together in 2007 in Utsunomiya north of Tokyo. She will talk about the architecture as well as the nature of Japan’s generations and their differing approaches to construction.

Buntrock’s books include “Tradition and Today: Materials and Meaning in Contemporary Japanese Architecture” and “Japanese Architecture as a Collaborative Process: Opportunities in a Flexible Construction Culture.” Buntrock has taught in Japan and Australia as well as the United States. A registered architect in Alaska, she has worked professionally in U.S. and Japanese offices.

For more information, contact Benjamin Hufbauer, 502-852-0442 or, or see


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