Over a career that spans five decades, Philip Jodidio has written extensively about architecture and the arts. Born in Orange, New Jersey, in 1954, he attended Harvard University where he graduated in 1976 with a bachelor’s degree in economics and art history. He moved to Europe in the late 1970s, where he began working at Connaissance des Arts, a Paris-based art magazine, and over the years, he devoted a growing amount of his time to exploring and explaining the world of architecture. He has published dozens of books on the topic, including numerous monographs on contemporary masters. In the summer of 2021 alone, he published two volumes with Taschen, “Contemporary Japanese Architecture” and “Kuma: Complete Works 1988-Today.” Jodidio recently spoke with The Japan Times prior to the release of his two books.

The Pritzker Architecture Prize is often described as the Nobel for architecture. Seven Japanese are among its 44 laureates, Kenzo Tange being the first in 1987. Why have Japanese architects been so successful and widely recognized abroad?

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