Anne Kohtz
  • Anne Kohtz 
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Architect specializing in the modern application of Japanese traditional design and construction methods. Raised on a small farm in southern Idaho, she first came to Japan in 1995. Received a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Oregon in 1999. In 2012 she joined Architectonic Atelier Yuu, a design-build firm specializing in using natural materials to creatively blend traditional Japanese construction and design with modern, comfortable living. Having lived in the high desert of the western United States, along with such diverse urban settings as Munich and Tokyo, she explores how environment, economics, politics, and gender roles influence regional housing design.
Wood, Mold, and Japanese Architecture2016.10.25

Traditional Japanese architecture’s reliance on wood as a building material developed largely in response to Japan’s humid environment—particularly the warm, wet summer months. Raised floors and open spaces ensured proper ventilation to fight the buildup of toxic mold. Wood post-and-beam construction is also useful when designing for typhoon and earthquake resistance.

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