| Arata Endo was born in 1889
in Fukushima Prefecture. He entered Tokyo Imperial University in 1911
and studied architecture. Endo studied Wright's philosophy of architecture
during his university life. This helped him to build his ideal view
of architecture. That is to find a point where humans and architecture
meet, to make architecture the art based on everyday lives, and not
to classify architecture into practicality, science or art.
In January 1917, Aisaku Hayashi, the then manager of the Imperial
Hotel, introduced Endo to Wright. Endo then had an opportunity to
work as chief assistant for Wright's project constructing the Imperial
Hotel. Endo learned Wright's thoughts on architecture through this
project. He continued to work vigorously, following Wright's philosophy
of architecture after Wright left Japan. The Minamisawa school building
of Jiyu Gakuen and Koshien Hotel are examples of his important works.
The picture is reprinted from a book en titled
"The Collection of Arata Endo's