Kevin Nute

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Professor Emeritus
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City: Honolulu
Research Interests: Human Being and Spatial Order, Transcultural Implications of Japanese Architecture, Time in Built Space

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

Professor Nute is now at the University of Hawai'i, Manoa. He can be contacted at For further information, please visit:

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.

Kevin began his career at the University of Nottingham in England, 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 in 2000 he was a part-time lecturer at Cambridge and an associate professor of architecture at Muroran Institute of Technology, a national university in Japan.

Professor Nute's research focuses on transcultural aspects of Japanese architecture. He is the author of The Constructed Other: Japanese Architecture in the Western Mind (2021); This Here Now: Japanese Building and the Architecture of the Individual (2020); Naturally Animated Architecture: Using the Natural Movements of the Sun, Wind and Rain to Bring Indoor Spaces and Sustainable Practices to Life (2018), 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.

Naturally Animated Architecture 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 and a 2019 eLit Book Awards Gold Medal.

His latest book, The Constructed Other, traces three recurring themes in Western accounts of Japanese architecture. It suggests that these narratives have had the effect of creating what amounts to a mythical version of Japanese architecture, often at odds with historical fact, but which has nonetheless exercised a powerful influence on the development of building design internationally.