Kevin Nute

Research Interests:
Human Being and Spatial Order, Time in Built Environments, The Transcultural Implications of Japanese Architecture
Phone: 541-346-0048
Office: 316 Lawrence Hall


PhD Architectural History and Theory. The Martin Centre for Architectural and Urban Studies, University of Cambridge, 1993

Bachelor of Architecture. University of Nottingham, 1985. 1st Class Honors and RIBA East-Midlands President's Prize

BA Architecture and Environmental Design. University of Nottingham, 1981. Ist Class Honors and Shimeld Architecture Prize


Kevin Nute is an architectural theorist, designer and educator. He currently teaches architectural design studios and courses in spatial ordering, building types, Japanese architecture and urbanism, and time in built space. He began his career at the University of Nottingham, where he won the Shimeld and East Midlands Royal Institute of British Architects President’s design prizes before going on to work in architectural practices in London, Hong Kong and Singapore. He earned his doctorate at the Martin Centre for Architectural and Urban Studies at the University of Cambridge, and prior to joining the University of Oregon he was a part-time lecturer at Cambridge and an associate professor of architecture at a national university in Japan.

Professor Nute has been a Fulbright scholar and research associate at the University of California, Berkeley, a Japanese Ministry of Education Scholar, a Japan Foundation Research Fellow, and a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Research Fellow, all at the University of Tokyo, as well as a visiting teaching fellow at the University of Tasmania, and a visiting research fellow at the University of Queensland, Australia.

He is the author of Vital: Using the Weather to Bring Buildings and Sustainability to Life (2014); John Yeon and the Landscape Arts of China and Japan (2010); Place, Time and Being in Japanese Architecture (2004); and Frank Lloyd Wright and Japan (1993/2000), winner of the 1994 International Architectural Monograph Award from the American Institute of Architects.

His latest book, Naturally Animated Architecture (2018), demonstrates how the movements of the sun, wind and rain can be used to improve the well-being of people in buildings while raising public  awareness of sustainable living practices. Augmented reality codes embedded in the print edition’s photographs enable more than fifty video and audio clips of natural indoor animation to be accessed using a smart phone. This new mode of architectural monograph is available in hardback from, and as an eBook from Amazon, Rakuten Kobo and the Apple i-Book Store. The eBook edition of Naturally Animated Architecture won the 2018 Digital Book World Award in architecture. A selection of videos from the book can also be seen at

Professor Nute’s recent paper with psychologist Zhuo Job Chen, "Temporal Cues in Built Environments," received the 2018 Constructed Environment International Award for Excellence. He is currently working on four new books: Here This Now: Traditional Japanese Architecture and the Uniqueness of Being (2021); Building Time: Temporal Cues in Built Spaces (2022); Frank Lloyd Wright and Japan Revisited (2020); and Japanese Architecture in the Western Mind: Myth and Reality (2021).

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