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Kimiko Suzuki Architectural Collection,

Identifier: Ms-2013-089

Scope and Content

The collection contains 3 sets of drawings and a publication for the Susume Abe residence completed in 1967. Abe was a famous education critic in Japan.


  • 1963-1967, 2013


Material is in Japanese.

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from Kimiko Suzuki Architectural Collection must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Biographical Note

Kimiko Suzuki (1929-1992) attended Japan Women’s University and was their first graduate in the housing studies program. Due to the economic conditions of Japan following World War II she could not find work in an architecture office. She instead joined a publishing company because she was promised the same salary as a man.

Following her marriage she found work in an architecture office. She performed her traditional roles in a big family and simultaneously kept working in the architecture office often working until late at night. However, nursing care of her husband’s parents forced her to resign from the architectural firm. She thus began a practice out of her home working on residential projects, a kindergarten, and a medical clinic. She developed cancer at 50 and after a long struggle with the illness withdrew from architectural practice at 60. She passed away three years later at 63.


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Acquisition Information

The Kimiko Suzuki Architectural Collection was donated to Special Collections in November 2013.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Kimiko Suzuki Architectural Collection was completed in November 2013.

A Guide to the Kimiko Suzuki Architectural Collection, 1963-1967, 2013
A Collection in Special Collections
Sherrie A. Bowser
©2013 By Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. All rights reserved.
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech Repository

Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries (0434)
560 Drillfield Drive
Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg Virginia 24061 US