Czech-born American architect Antonin Raymond (1888-1976) strove to create the "atmosphere of serenity and calm, life and joy". Raymond was a pioneer of the modern movement in Japan. He was a direct conduit between European avant-garde movements, advanced American building technology and Japan. Raymond was also the first architect to perfect the use of exposed reinforced concrete in Japan through his landmark house at Reinanzaka (1924).
Like Frank Lloyd Wright, who first brought Raymond to Japan in 1919 to oversee the construction of the Imperial Hotel, Raymond reinterpreted Japanese tradition. While Wright returned to the USA in 1922 never to return, Raymond lived in Japan for a total of more than 43 years.
JA – The Japan Architect – was first published in June 1956 and was the only English language periodical that introduced Japanese architecture to an overseas audience. Since 1991 it has been published as a quarterly journal in both Japanese and English, expanding its readership both inside and outside of Japan. Today’s JA showcases contemporary Japanese architecture with in-depth commentary on the theoretical history and context of the projects. It is organized with an emphasis on developments originating in Japan. The magazine surveys the country’s diverse, ever-changing architectural scene, identifies important trends to convey to a wider audience outside Japan, takes up current, compelling issues and considers the latest architectural trends.
136 p, ills colour & bw, 22 x 29 cm, pb, Japanese/English