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Professor of Architecture, University of Hawaii

Professor Nute’s research focuses on experiential qualities of built environments that resonate across cultures. His most recent book, Naturally Animated Architecture, won the 2018 Digital Book World award for architecture, and a 2019 eLit gold medal.

Professor Nute taught part-time at Cambridge from 1990 to 1995, when he received a Japan Foundation Research Fellowship to examine relationships between space and time in Japanese buildings based at Tokyo University. This work resulted in the book Place, Time and Being in Japanese Architecture (2004), which explores how buildings can be designed to express universal parameters of existence. In 1996 he accepted a position as an associate professor of architecture at another Japanese national university, Muroran Institute of Technology, where he taught architectural design and directed a research laboratory before joining the University of Oregon in 2000. He moved to the University of Hawai'i, Manoa, in 2019.


  • 2019–present
    Assistant Pofessor, University of Hawai'i, Manoa
  • 2019–present
    Emeritus professor, University of Oregon


  • 1993 
    University of Cambridge, Ph.D


  • 2018
    Naturally Animated Architecture, World Scientific
  • 2004
    Place, Time and Being in Japanese Architecture, Routledge
  • 1993
    Frank Lloyd Wright and Japan, Chapman and Hall


Fulbright Scholar, Japan Foundation Reserach Fellow, American Instiute of Architects International Book Award