Born in Chiba, Japan in 1948. Graduated from the Department of Architecture of the Musashino Art University in 1972. Worked at the office of architect Tsunenobu Shinji from 1972 to 1974, before studying furniture making in the Woodworking Department of the Tokyo Metropolitan Shinagawa Vocational Training Center. Worked at the office of architect Junzo Yoshimura from 1976 to 1980. Established his independent practice named the Lemming House in 1981. Professor of the Department of Architecture and Architectural Engineering at the College of Industrial Technology Nihon University since 1999.
Awarded the 1st Yoshioka Prize for the Mitani Hut in 1987 and the 18th Yoshida Isoya Prize Special Award for his cumulative body of housing projects.
His representative works include the Mitani Hut (Nagano, 1985), House in Kazusa I & II (Chiba, 1991 & 1992), museum as it is (Chiba, 1994), House in Ogigayatsu (Kanagawa, 1998), Rei Hut (Tochigi, 2001), Itami Juzo Museum (Ehime, 2007) and the Hut in Meigetsudani (Kanagawa, 2007).
His publications include Jutaku junrei [A Pilgrimage of Houses] (Shinchosha, 2000), Jutaku dokuhon [The House Reader] (Shinchosha, 2004), Ichu no kenchiku [The Architecture in My Mind] (Shinchosha, 2005), Fudangi no jutakujutsu [Design Techniques for Casual-Wear Housing] (Okokusha, 2002), Jutaku junrei futatabi [A Pilgrimage of Houses Once Again] (Chikumashobo, 2010), and Nakamura Yoshifumi: Futsu no jutaku, futsu no besso [Yoshifumi Nakamura: Ordinary Houses, Ordinary Cottages] (TOTO Publishing, 2010). His co-authored books include Fushin no tenmatsu [The Circumstances of Building], co-authored with Hiroshi Kashiwagi (Iwanami Shoten, 2001).