Azby Brown

AZBY BROWN, a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, is the director of the KIT Future Design Institute in Tokyo. He studied architecture and sculpture at Yale College, graduating in 1980, and entered the Department of Architecture of the University of Tokyo in 1985 under a grant from the Japanese Ministry of Education. He received his master’s degree in 1988 and completed his PhD research in 1995. He is the author of The Genius of Japanese Carpentry(1995), Small Spaces(1996), The Japanese Dream House(2001), and The Very Small Home(2005), all published by Kodansha International. He became an associate professor of architectural design at the Kanazawa Institute of Technology in 1995, and currently holds a position there in the Department of Media Informatics. The motif on the front jacket comes from the inscription on a 17th-century stone basin at Ryoanji Temple in Kyoto. It is an important Zen saying—Ware tada taru wo shiru—that can be translated as, “I know what ‘just enough’ is.”