Haruyoshi Ono, the architect that was a disciple and creative heir to Brazil's most prominent landscape architect, Roberto Burle Marx (1909-1994), died at age 73 from a brain haemorrage on Sunday night (Jan 22). He was at Hospital São Lucas in Rio de Janeiro.
Born in Rio to Japanese parents, Haruyoshi Ono studied at the National Architecture College of the University of Brazil, now Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). He joined Burle Marx's office in 1965 as an intern, while Burle Marx was working on one of his most important projects—the Flamengo Park in Rio.
Over the years, the two became closer, and Ono, who was one of the creative designers, became an associate at the office. Following Burle Marx's death, Haruyoshi Ono became the studio's chief designer, and continued to create projects for public, corporate, and private areas in Brazil and abroad.
The landscape design of the Museu do Amanhã (Museum of Tomorrow) at Mauá Square and the Athletes' Village at the Olympic Park in Barra da Tijuca, Rio, are among Ono's recent signature projects. He has also led projects in other cities and countries, including a 300,000m² area on the Eixo Monumental (Monumental Axis, the East-West highway in Brasília on whose East end Brazil's central government buildings are located), and the City Centre Park in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Ono's friend and fellow architect Luiz Fernando Janot said of him: “He was able to re-interpret Burle Marx's creative work while lending his own personal touch to the designs. He was a genuine talent and has created amazing works.”
On its Facebook page, the Burle Marx landscape design office said Haruyoshi's children, Isabela and Julio Ono, along with his wife and fellow architect Fátima Gomes, and his associate Gustavo Leivas, will continue to lead the projects and manage the landscape collection, to keep his legacy alive.
Translated by Mayra Borges