Günter Nitschke, born in Berlin, studied architecture (Germany), town planning (London), and classical and modern Japanese (Tokyo). He taught East Asian architecture and urbanism at Princeton and MIT for 18 years, more recently at UCLA and LA Pomona, and since 1987 at Kyoto Seika University. He is also Director of the Institute for East Asian Architecture and Urbanism in Kyoto. The exhibition “Japanese Gardens 2000” in Stuttgart was designed by him. His Floating Bridges of Dreams received First Prize in the 1998 International Urban Design Competition for a New Image of Kyoto in the 21st Century. He has also written numerous critical essays and books.