The Berlage


Architect Freedom

Tomoaki Uno

Image: Yomogidai House, Nagoya, 2018. (Photo: Ben Hosking)

Born in Aichi Prefecture, Japan, Tomoaki Uno opened his office in Nagoya in 1990 and has created many beautiful architectures with a refined aesthetic and an exceptional sensitivity to structure and materials. The studio works on a range of projects, from residential architecture to product design, working closely with a carefully selected group of artisans to create all the architecture by hand. Twelve years ago, he published the book Visible Invisible which commemorates the 20th anniversary of the office with a collection of photographs taken by Yutaka Nishizawa. More recently, the Portuguese publisher AMAG dedicated an issue to the work of the office.

The Berlage Keynotes is an ongoing lecture series featuring internationally prominent architects, designers, and thinkers who are at the forefront of design discourse and innovation. A selection of speakers working from different disciplinary perspectives and in different geographic, cultural, and political contexts present how their work engages with contemporary issues and debates. This spring semester, speakers include Andrés Jaque, Dear Architects, Design, Bitches, Francesca Hughes, Shohei Shigematsu, Studio Folder, and Tomoaki Uno.

All lectures are viewable online at and are open to the public at the Orange Room, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Delft.