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Contemporary Tokyo Architecture Practice, Japan – design studio based in Minato-ku

20 Mar 2018

Edward Suzuki Associates News

SUMIE Show by Edward Suzuki
To commemorate the publication of the English edition of his book “GOoD DESIGN Philosophy” as well as my office’s 40th anniversary, this Japanese architect is holding a show of his SUMIE (Japanese ink drawing) from April 2 to 7 in Aoyama’s Gallery 5610.

The English edition of his book “GOoD DESIGN Philosophy” is basically a compilation of blogs that he had posted over the years on his thoughts about the Universe, Nature, physics, architecture, et al, and is not just a translated but an updated version of his original book published five years ago. Both the English and the Japanese editions would be available for purchase at a discounted price at the show.

During the course of the week, the architect is holding a silent auction to collect funds to help the poor Rohingya children through the international organization HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH.

16 Dec 2017
“GOoD Design Philosophy” by Edward Suzuki

We announce the recent publication of the English edition of a new book by Edward Suzuki “GOoD Design Philosophy.”

The English edition is blessed with new endorsements by Mssrs. Deepak Chopra, Ervin Laszlo, Bruce Lipton, Michael Schneider, and Ms. Lynne Twist.

Link to Kindle edition available outside of Japan: Amazon.com

“GOoD Design Philosophy” by Edward Suzuki on Amazon

Link to print edition available outside of Japan: Kinokuniya Bookstore

(Order through respective Kinokuniya Bookstore)

“GOoD Design Philosophy” by Edward Suzuki at Kinokuniya Bookstore

Link to print edition available in Japan: BOOK SHOP Shogakukan

“GOoD Design Philosophy” by Edward Suzuki at BOOK SHOP Shogakukan

Print edition available at bookstores in Tokyo: For instance, Books Kinokuniya Tokyo, Takashimaya Times Square Building 6th floor, 5-24-2 Sendagaya, Shibuya, Tokyo 151-0051 Phone 03-5361-3316

“GOoD Design Philosophy” by Edward Suzuki at Books Kinokuniya Tokyo

Praise for GOoD Design Philosophy

(In alphabetical order, by last name)

Edward Suzuki’s GOoD Design Philosophy affirms through his own research and personal experiences what Ayurveda—the science of life—has professed and taught for millennia: that the Universe and all life in it are fundamentally designed to sustain, evolve, and thrive. I highly recommend this work for the bridge it builds between ancient wisdom and pioneering science.Deepak Chopra, MD; author of You Are the Universe


Edward Suzuki’s spirited enquiries into the workings of Nature have given us this delightful compilation of insights into his work and philosophy—which, it turns out, are one and the same.* —Kenji Ekuan (1929–2015), chairman, GK Design Group


Your book is fascinating and important. I am pleased to recommend its serious lecture to everyone interested in appreciating and admiring the supreme design of this universe, and of all universes in the cosmos. Ervin Laszlo, director and cofounder of the Ervin Laszlo Institute for Advanced Study (ELIAS) and of the Laszlo New-Paradigm Leadership Center


At a time when the survival of humanity is untenable if our current course is pursued, we are blessed with the contribution of cultural creativesinnovators whose beliefs, worldviews, values, and ways of life can safely guide our destiny. Edward Suzuki is one such transformational thinker. Since 50 percent of extracted planetary resources are used in construction, Suzuki’s perspective as an award-winning architect can obviously have a profound impact on the fate of civilization.

Suzuki’s professional success attests to his innate ability to apply the principles of geometrythe mathematics behind the properties and relationships of structure in space. As Plato maintained, “Geometry existed before creation—its principles are fundamental to the organization of the Universe. Suzuki’s theoretical insights are such that he was able to introduce a novel predictive model of atomic and molecular structure. In GOoD Design Philosophy, he reverse-engineers the geometry of Nature down to the fundamental principles acting at the level of atoms, providing an enlightening account of an architect traversing both physical and social sciences to reveal that Love is the elementary unifying force in our physical Universe.

GOoD Design Philosophy is a powerful prescription for helping us successfully evolveor more accurately, thriveinto the future. I personally regard Suzuki’s visionary and spiritual outlook as being fundamental to shaping the views and practices of the emerging new culture. His GOoD Design Philosophy is an informative and inspirational read. Bruce H. Lipton, stem cell biologist; author of The Biology of Belief, Spontaneous Evolution, The Honeymoon Effect; 2009 Goi Peace Award recipient


Edward, I thank you for spreading Buckminster Fuller’s concept of Dymaxion—achieving the greatest result with the least energy—to the next generation of people.Shoji Sadao, principal, Fuller and Sadao; honorary life trustee, the Isamu Noguchi Foundation


Edward Suzuki has composed an important yet easy-to-read book about re-imagining the processes and goals of design for living in the 21st century. He relates his personal and professional experiences, strivings, memories, education, travels, insights, revelations, and hopes; the result is synergistic. He uses simple, thoughtful stories to persuade us that matters deemed natural, spiritual, and practical aren’t distinctly different but are actually one and the same (which he happily calls “nature’s dei-signs”). His outlooks and in-looks encourage us to appreciate and apply nature’s beautiful and successful timeless principles, which are written in a geometric language of practical elegance, to our own sustainable designs. Suzuki’s insights convince us that this truly is the way forward toward building a better world for a more cooperative and peaceful humanity. This book will inspire, encourage, and entertain not only architects and designers but also scientists, inventors, readers of biography, and admirers of nature’s wisdom. I highly recommend this work. Michael S. Schneider, author of A Beginners Guide to Constructing the Universe; senior adjunct professor, California College of the Arts, teaching “Mathematical Ideas for Artists”


Edward Suzuki has written a masterpiece that is deeply grounded in the integrity and profound inquiry that have suffused his life’s work. His understanding of the distinction between design and architecture is like no one else’s and his latest book is a treasure trove of wisdom and divine teaching about the greatest design of all—our miraculous Universe. The pages brim with beauty, poetry, elegance, clarity, inspiration, and truth. You will be astounded, empowered, and deeply moved by what he has written. What’s more, you will be overwhelmed with an experience of LOVE. This book will change your life.Lynne Twist, author of The Soul of Money; cofounder, the Pachamama Alliance


Aspiring designers across the world should read this book by my good friend and celebrated architect Edward Suzuki. It’s all the encouragement young people need to step into and embrace their own infinite realm of possibility.* —Shigeru Uchida (1943–2016), interior designer

*Quote refers to the Japanese-language edition

18 Jul 2016
villa in Karuizawa Wins The International Architecture Award for 2016

villa in Karuizawa

Edward Suzuki Associates is happy and proud to announce that their design for a villa in Karuizawa, a mountain resort about an hour outside of Tokyo, “Double Rainbow” has won the very prestigious “The International Architecture Award for 2016” from The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.

villa in Karuizawa

This is the seventh award for the Tokyo architecture practice from the same Museum that is the birthplace of Good Design Awards the world over.

villa in Karuizawa

15 Jun 2012

Exhibition of Drawings “Reflections on GOoD DESIGN”

To commemorate the 35th anniversary of Edward Suzuki Associates, a book entitled “GOoD DESIGN: God’s Design Philosophy” enumerating my thoughts on Universe, Nature, Physics, and Architecture, will be published from Shogakukan at the end of the month.

To mark this event, Edward Suzuki is holding an exhibition of his drawings that he has made over the years entitled “Reflections on GOoD DESIGN” at Gallery Le Bain from July 2 until July 7 2012.

Edward Suzuki Associates will hold a “Silent Auction” during the course of the event until closing. The proceeds will be donated to the NGO Human Rights Watch http://www.hrw.org/ja to help poor, abused children around the world.

The book “GOoD DESIGN” will be on sale at the gallery at a special discounted price.

July 2 (Tues.) 11:00-17:00
July 3 (Wed.)-6 (Sat.) 11:00-19:00
July 7 (Sun.) 11:00-17:00

Gallery Le Bain
16-28, 3-chome, Nishi-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Tel. 03-3479-3843

31 Oct 2012
Edward Suzuki Associates on TV
Kamakura City House
photo from Edward Suzuki Associates
“House like a Museum,” a house in Kamakura designed by Edward Suzuki Associates, will be featured on TATEMONO ZUKAN on Channel 7, TV Tokyo, on Sunday, Nov. 4, at 22:48.

26 Jun 2012

Edward Suzuki Associates Award News

House of Maple Leaves
photo : Yasuhiro Nukamura, from Edward Suzuki Associates
Edward Suzuki Associates wins “Green GOOD DESIGN Award 2012” by Chicago Athenaeum Architecture and Design Museum for “House of Maple Leaves” in Karuizawa.
House of Maple Leaves

28 + 25 + 12 Jun 2012

Edward Suzuki Associates Studio News

NHK TV Japan will air a program “Closeup Gendai” July 2, Monday, 19:30-20:00 featuring TED Worldwide Talent Search “The Young. The Wise. The Undiscovered.” in which Edward Suzuki was a Finalist with his talk titled “Dare to be Naive: Atommetrics – an Architect’s Exploration of Atomic Structure.” Time allowing.

Edward Suzuki has been invited to present his talk “Dare to be Naive : Atommetrics – an Architect’s Exploration of Atomic Structure” at TEDxTokyo2012, to be held on 30 Jun 2012 at the new Tokyu Hikarie Building in Shibuya, Japan.

Recent Edward Suzuki Associates Building

House on The Bluff, Yamate, Yokohama, Japan
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Yokohama Residence
photo : Yasuhiro Nukamura
House on The Bluff – 23 May 2012
This residence is for a family of four with a private Studio/Office attached for the husband. Located on the bluff of Yamate district in the seaport city of Yokohama, it commands a magnificent view of the townscape below on the South. Flanked by a garage on the right and the Studio/Office on the left, the entry is from the North.

Edward Suzuki Associates – Key Projects

Major Developments by Edward Suzuki Associates, alphabetical:

House like a Museum, Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
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Kamakura City House
photo from Edward Suzuki Associates
Kamakura House
Located in only about a five-minute walking distance from the railroad station, this house sits in a commercial/residential zone. As such, the neighboring houses and shops encroach upon the site rather closely, so much so that from the start the idea to “look out” from the property was abandoned to instead “look inward” was adopted. Since the client-owner had a vast amount of art collection and wished to display such art in the new house, the theme “House like a Museum” became the design generator.

House of Maple Leaves, Karuizawa, Japan
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House of Maple Leaves
photo : Yasuhiro Nukamura, from Edward Suzuki Associates
House of Maple Leaves
This is a villa situated about an hour’s rapid train ride from Tokyo in a mountain resort of Karuizawa, Japan. It is basically a wooden structure with the peripheral balconies in steel. The design is adapted from passive energy principles applied in the world-famous Katsura Imperial Villa in Kyoto. The only artificially operated system is the radiant hot-water heating embedded in the floor, running the entire length of the peripheral fenestration with heat pump air conditioning units as supplements just in case.

Villa Overlooking the Sea, Hayama, Japan
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Villa Overlooking the Sea Hayama Shonan House Property Residence Hayama Shonan
photo : Yasuhiro Nukamura
Villa Overlooking the Sea – added 23 May 2012
This is a vacation home expected to become a permanent house in the future. Located about an hour’s car ride away from downtown Tokyo, it is located in the sea resort of Hayama in the Shonan region, adjacent to the more well known, old city of Kamakura.

More projects by Edward Suzuki Associates online soon

Location:Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan

Edward Suzuki Associates Tokyo – Practice Information

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Located in Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan

Edward Suzuki Associates Tokyo : Japanese Architects

Established: Dec 1977

1947 Sept.18 Born in Saitama Prefecture, Japan
1966-71: B. of Architecture, University of Notre-Dame, Ind., on Ford Scholarship
1973-74: Fulbright Fellowship
1973-75: M.Arch. in Urban Design, Harvard University, MA
1974: Buckminster Fuller and Sadao, Inc., Cambridge, Mass., Isamu Noguchi Studio, New York
1975-76: Kenzo Tange and URTEC, Tokyo
1995: Visiting Professor, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, R.I. Visiting Critic, GSD, Harvard University, MA

1982: Bronze Prize – Rejuvenation of Historical Buildings, JIA
1983: MITI&IRAKA Gold Prize
1985: 10th Light Metal Institute Award
1988: Japan Architect Association’s House of the Year Award
1993: 6th International Design Competition Award Yamagata Environmental Design Award
1994: Railway Construction Institute 22nd Architectural Award
1995: Japan Architectural Award
GOOD DESIGN Award, Ministry of Int’l Trade and Industry
1998: 6th Public Architecture Award
2000: GOOD DESIGN Award,
JCD Design Award,
2001: Saitama Environment Design Award,
Tokyo Architecture Award, Excellence Prize,
Tokyo Architecture Award,
2002: 20th Century Environment Design Award,
2003: GOOD DESIGN Award,
2004: 9th Public Architecture Award
2005: 9th Brunel Award
2007: The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design International Architecture Awards 2007,
6th ECO BUILD Award:
2008: KOMAE CITY Environmental Design Award:
2009: The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design Int’l Architecture Awards 2009:

1985: Udagawacho Police Box, Shibuya, Tokyo; Nishimachi International School, Moto-Azabu, Tokyo
1986: ONWARD Daikanyama Building, Daikanyama, Tokyo
1988: Shizuoka Gas Co., Ltd., SGEE PORT, Shimizu, Shizuoka
1990: Joule-A, Azabu, Tokyo; Plaza Mikado, Akasaka, Tokyo; WEB, Naka-Meguro, Tokyo
1992: Mpata Lodge, Safari Park Hotel, Kenya, Africa; Chinese Restaurant, Shanghai, China
HITACHI Machinery Factory and Branch Office, Gifu and Furukawa
1996: Library for the Blind, Ministry of Construction, Takadanobaba, Tokyo
2000: JR East Japan, Saitama Shintoshin Station, Saitama; Day-Care Center for the Elderly, Nozawa, Tokyo
2001: GAMO Beauty Studio, Oyama, Tochigi; Y Residence and Guesthouse, Shibuya, Tokyo
2002: Shisui Parking Area Service Facilities, Chiba; JR East Station Square ‘Gin no Suzu’, Tokyo
2004: GAMO Sendai, Miyagi; Morimoto PIAS Nogizaka, Tokyo; Ikedayama Place, Tokyo
2005: Rokurokuso Guest House, Hyogo; Mizonokuchi Catholic Church, Kanagawa; Daikyo ELZA Kamakura, Kanagawa
2006: DAIWA HOUSE Sakura-jousui Model House, Setagaya; DAIWA HOUSE Touhoku Factory Administration Building
2007: GAMO Nagoya, Nagoya, Aichi
2008: MORIMOTO Crescent Tsujidou East & West, Fujisawa, Kanagawa; “House like a Museum,” Kamakura, Kanagawa
2009: St. Mary’s Int’l School Phase 1, Seta, Setagaya; LIST Restage Center Minami Stationside Terrace, Yokohama, Kanagawa
2010: St. Mary’s Int’l School Phase 2, Seta, Setagaya

1989: EDWARD SUZUKI: Architect, Rikuyousha, Tokyo
1996: Edward Suzuki: Buildings and Projects, Edition Axel Menges, Stuttgart, Germany
1997: Beyond the Clouds, Gendaikikakushitsu Publishers, Tokyo
2002: INTERFACE, Architectural Journal
2003: Atommetrics:Part 1 FORMA:Society for Science on Form
2008: Atommetrics: Part 2 FORMA:Society for Science on Form

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