Keisuke Oka is a well-known architect born and raised in Chikugo, Japan. Within the art and architecture cultures of Japan, he is recognized as an edgy architect with a distinct philosophy. Using locally sourced materials and concrete mixed with less water to increase durability, Oka's creations are often imprinted with plants and other objects- a trademark of his famous designs. He will exhibit his work in the Rouse Gallery and give a lecture on Wednesday, November 28 at 6 p.m. in the Stuckeman Jury Space.
In the heart of The Mita district of Tokyo’s Minato Ward is one of Oka’s most notable works, the Arimaston Building. Since 2005, with only hand-sketched drawings, he has been crafting and overseeing every aspect of Arimaston’s construction including gathering the materials, erecting scaffolding, and mixing his signature concrete. The site attracts a daily stream of visitors who come from many different parts of Japan to study his process.