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Kunio Mayekawa b. He graduated with a degree in architecture from the University of Tokyo in and trained with Le Corbusier in Paris until and with Antonin Raymond, a disciple of Frank Lloyd Wright, in Tokyo until He has worked in private practice in Tokyo since The experience left an indelible mark on his work. Mayekawa first began using exposed concrete before the Second World War, and he continued to refine its use after the war.
In each case the articulation of mass and the precision of detail reinforced the strength and clarity of the design. Today Mayekawa draws a distinction between "pre-industrial architecture and post-industrial architecture", emphasizing the gradual shift from natural materials like stone and wood to man-made materials like steel, concrete and plastic. Mayekawa remains a creative artist and a master of his craft who has influenced nearly three generations of modern Japanese architects.
Today, he continues to strive for architectural excellence. References Muriel Emmanuel. Contemporary Architects. New York: St. ISBN NA C
1942 – Maekawa House – Kunio Maekawa
Well-known for his use of architectural concrete, his post- World War II contributions included designs for prefabricated structures and high-rise apartments. The eldest of three children, he was well bred; the families of both of his parents were descended from the Samurai. His mother, of the Tsugaru clan of Hirosaki, was a daughter of Konroku Tanaka. Student Years Maekawa attended elite schools and completed Tokyo First Middle School in , after skipping the fifth year. In he enrolled at the First Higher School, graduating in Clearly talented, Maekawa studied architecture at Tokyo Imperial University from to There he developed into an avid reader of French architectural publications.