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Toru Mitani

“Garden and Forest in Urban Space”

Toru Mitani

Chiba University and ‘studio on site,’ Mellon Senior Practitioner Resident, Fall 2018

Toru Mitani is a professor at the Graduate School of Horticulture, Chiba University, and partner in the Tokyo landscape architecture firm 'studio on site.' He received an MA from the University of Tokyo; an MLA from the Harvard Graduate School of Design; and a PhD in architecture from the University of Tokyo. Among his most celebrated projects are Kaze-no-Oka Crematorium-Landscape, Ohita, 1997; Shinagawa Central Garden, Tokyo, 2003; Honda Wako Campus-Landscape, Saitama, 2005; Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, Shimane, 2006 (one of the most ancient and significant Shinto shrines in Japan); and Okutama Forest Therapy Road, Tokyo, 2010. Among his publications are Design of Field: Dialogue with Fumihiko Maki (2011) and a translation of Modern Landscape Architecture (2007). He received the Design Award of the Japan Institute of Landscape Architecture in 1998 and the Good Design Award Gold Prize in 2003, one of the most prestigious design commendations in Japan.