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Presenter: Sheila Sri Prakash
Founder & Chief Architect of SHILPA Architects Planners Designers Pvt Ltd.
Date: Wednesday OCT 16, 7:00pm-8:30pm (Doors open from 6:30)
Location: Azabu Hall Room: 212 / 213
Temple University Japan Campus
2-8-12 Minami Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan 106-0047
Map: http://www.tuj.ac.jp/maps/tokyo.html
Fee: Free for all
CES Credit: LU:2.0 (SD: YES (still pending approval from AIA))
RSVP: not necessary

Hosted by:
AIA Japan (The American Institute of Architects Japan Chapter)
Temple University Japan Campus Art Program



AIA Japan Chapter invites professional architects and architectural students to submit projects for 2013 AIA Japan Design Award Program. Professional and student work will be judged separately. The 2013 AIA Japan Design Award Ceremony will be held in November at a venue in Tokyo to be announced shortly.
For more details and the Entry Form, please click here.


Mr. Tomohiko Yamanashi(Architect, Principal, Architectural Design Department, Nikken Sekkei)

Mr. Shigeru Hikone(Structural Engineer, Representative of ARUP Japan)

Mr. Senhiko Nakata(Architect, Associate Professor of Miyagi University)


AIA Student America Tour

AIA Japan is pleased to award Five very enthusiastic students for the tour.
Now we are going to fly over there in October.
We appreciate many application for the tour!


AIAJ School

AIA Japan school originally scheduled to be held between September 3rd(Tues.) to 6th (Friday) is to be held in the modified format suitable for busy professionals' schedule. Please stay tuned to follow the updates about AIAJ School
For Detail (Flyer) info, click here.


Healthcare and Research: US Trends and Design Strategies

Presenter : Jill Lerner FAIA / Principal, Kohn Pedersen Fox / President AIA NY 2013
Date : Tuesday, August 6
Time : 7:00pm-8:30pm (Doors open from 6:30)
Location: Steelcase Work Life Tokyo
Kowa Hiroo Bldg. 4F 5-2-32, Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Map : Click here to view PDF
Fee : 500 Yen (Free for students)
CES Credit : LU: 2.0 (HSW: YES)

If you plan to attend this event, please send an email to ces@aiajapan.org

The talk will focus on several important trends in health care and research facilities in the US today.  Key issues that will be covered include the creation of wellness facilities and trend toward outpatient settings and calming environments; the role of sustainability, nature and biophila in healthcare design; issues of resiliency in hospitals, which are critical buildings in an emergency; flexible high-tech"loft" buildings for rapid changes in healthcare delivery; "universal rooms" for multiple use; evidence-based design; the rise of specialty hospitals; integration of translational research in a clinical setting; and the challenges of phased construction in an occupied facility.


The Strength and Weakness of the Japanese Custom-Made House in a Global Context

Speaker: Cathelijne Nuijsink
Date:Saturday, July 13, 2013
Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Venue: Shibaura House 5F, 3-15-4 Shibaura, Minato-ku
Access: 7 min. from JR Tamachi station (Shibaura exit), 10 min. from Toei Mita Line / Toei Asakusa Line Mita station (Exit A4)
CES Credit: Not pre-registered (AIA members may self-report)

This lecture is based on the book How to Make a Japanese House and the exhibition of the same name. The exhibition focuses on the life inside three custom-designed houses by three young Japanese architecture offices: Hideyuki Nakayama, Go Hasegawa, and Take-Nabeshima Architects. The exhibition focuses on the overlap between the physical space as designed by the architect and daily life as lived by thee residents in an attempt to stimulate new ways of thinking about domesticity.

A discussion will follow the lecture. The lecture is part of an exhibition (on 2F at Shibaura House) that opened June 29 and will close on the day of the lecture.
Please RSVP through the following website.


The Use of LED Technology in Architectural Lighting

Speaker: Miyako Ukita, ERCO Lighting Ltd.
Date:Friday, June 21, 2013
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Venue: ERCO Lighting Ltd., Shibakoen ND Building, 2-5-10 Shiba, Minato-ku (click on link for map)
CES Credit: 2.0 LUs (HSW)
LANGUAGE: Primarily English

This seminar will provide an overview of the current status of LED technology in the lighting industry. That LED lighting can benefit project owners in terms of efficiency and running costs is well known. In addition, LED lighting has the potential to provide differentiated lighting effects and enhance visual comfort. The seminar will present technical and design related information as well as highlight case studies showing how LED lighting has been used in the design of retail stores and offices both in Japan and abroad.
Light refreshments will be provided.
The number of participants is limited to 20. Please RSVP to ces@aiajapan.org indicating you would like to attend.


LECTURE: Seeking the Truth through Art and Science: Buckminster Fuller and Isamu Noguchi

LECTURER: Shoji Sadao, Former Executive Director, Isamu Noguchi Foundation
INTERLOCUTOR:Christopher Blasdel, Artistic Director, International House of Japan
DATE: Fri., Jun. 14, 2013, 7:00 pm
LOCATION: Lecture Hall, International House of Japan

Fee: Free (reservations required)
CES Credit: LU:2.0 (HSW: NO SD: NO).
ORGANIZER: International House of Japan, 5-11-16 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
LANGUAGE: English (without Japanese interpretation)

Buckminster Fuller and Isamu Noguchi were two of the most creative individuals of the twentieth century. Their works inspired and influenced a generation of architects and artists. Fuller, the philosopher-architect, and Noguchi, the sculptor-designer, were independent thinkers who did not join in any group and movement. Their shared independence and respect for the other's critical thinking as outsiders nurtured their intimacy, and both of them sought the truth through art and science. Introducing their deep friendship, which has been largely unknown, in this program, Mr. Sadao will discuss the importance of their work as an exemplar of cross-border collaboration going beyond the two worlds of art and science into a single vision.



LECTURE: Louis I. Kahn and Jewish Architecture

LECTURER : Susan G. Solomon, Architectural Historian / Principal, Curatorial Resources & Research
DATE : Wed., May 29, 2013, 6:30pm-8:30pm (Doors open from 6:15)
LOCATION : Jewish Community of Japan, 3-8-8 Hiroo,
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo Map

FEE : 500 Yen (Free for students)
LANGUAGE: English (without Japanese interpretation)

The building was designed by Fumihiko Maki & Associates and completed in 2009. The program starts with a building tour from 6:30pm-6:50pm. Michel van Ackere, an AIA Japan member who was the Project Architect, will lead the tour. The lecture will be from 7:00pm to 8:00pm, with time for Q&A from 8:00pm to 8:30pm.




DATE: Saturday, March 30, 2013, NOON - 2PM
LOCATION: 5F of Shibaura House (7min. walk from Tamachi JR station)http://www.shibaurahouse.jp/about/info/

We are pleased to announce the AIA Japan Design Award Ceremony at the end of March. We hope many of you can attend. We plan to show slide presentations of the award program participants, and make the announcement of the winners at the end of the event. It is a good chance to get out of the house, enjoy cherry blossoms, and come mingle with your fellow AIA members over free lunch. It is a casual event, and your friends and families are welcome.

The 2013 awards jury consists of Mr. Harold Adams, FAIA, JIA, RIBA, former chairman of RTKL, and one of the first international architects to be licensed in Japan; and Mr. Marc Jenefsky, AIA, past-president (2012) of AIA Washington Council, the state level component based in Olympia, WA, and principal of Bazan Architects in Bellevue, WA.


LECTURE: Recent Works by ADH Architects

PRESENTER: Yoko Kinoshita, Professor, Kogakuin School of Architecture / Co-principal, ADH Architects
DATE: Friday, March 29, 2013, 7:00pm-8:30pm (Doors open from 6:30)
LOCATION: Steelcase WorkLife Tokyo
Kowa Hiroo Bldg. 4F 5-2-32, Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Map: Click here for PDF.

Fee: 500Yen (Free for students)
CES Credit: LU:2.0 (HSW: NO SD: NO)
If you plan to attend this event, please send an RSVP response to ces@aiajapan.org


Pedestrian-Oriented Design Transforms Cities into a Place for Sustainable Living

Speaker: Daisuke Yoshimura, Principal, Yoshimura Design, Basalt, CO and Kyoto, Japan

Date: Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm (Doors open from 6:30)
Venue: Steelcase WorkLife Tokyo, Kowa Hiroo Bldg. 4F 5-2-32, Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo (click on link for map)
CES: 2 LUs

When a downtown street previously reserved for cars is transformed into a space just for people, the social, economic and environmental value of the surrounding district is greatly enhanced. The street becomes a lively place where people love to work, play and live. The creation of the 16th Street Mall in Denver is a prime example—a central iconic urban spine that unites the entire city. The design of that street Incorporates social, economic and environmental sustainability features. Applying a similar concept for sustainable living to the street through Okazaki Park in Kyoto promises to do the same there and will lay the foundation for the first ecological district in that city.



AIA Japan Chapter invites professional architects and architectural students to submit
projects for 2012 AIA Japan Design Award Program. Professional and student work will be
judged separately. The 2012 AIA Japan Design Award Ceremony will be held in February at
a venue to be announced shortly.

For more details and the Entry Form, please click here.


Studio Review

Date: Thursday 13 December 2012, 5:00-8:00 pm
Location: Meiji University, Surugadai Campus (details later by email)

All AIA Japan members are invited to the final review of design studio jointly sponsored by Meiji University and the University of Oregon. The site, located close to downtown Portland, Oregon in the Chinatown, Japantown and Old Town section of the city, required the students to study the current context and future plans for public transportation in preparation for developing a design for an integrated community development. Meiji students visited Portland in early October and were hosted by AIA Portland members. Now it is our turn to welcome them.

If interested in attending, please RSVP to yasuyuki.yanagisawa@kumesekkei.co.jp no later than Tuesday, December 11. He will provide you with further details of the venue. University of Oregon professors will also speak at the event.

Click here for more information.


Date: Thursday 13 December 2012, 8:00-10:00 pm
Venue to be communicated by email to those who have RSVP’d

AIA Japan’s Year End Party will be held immediately following the Studio Review at Meiji University. All members are cordially invited to the Bonenkai, regardless of whether they attended the Studio Review. If you are planning on attending the Bonenkai, please RSVP by email to yasuyuki.yanagisawa@kumesekkei.co.jp no later than Tuesday, December 11. He will provide you with further details of the venue.

05/17/2012 "GLOBAL ENDS – towards the beginning "
Presenter: Ken Tadashi Oshima Associate Professor of Architecture, University of Washington, Seattle
Date: Tuesday JUNE 12, 7:00pm-8:30pm (Doors open from 6:30)
Location: Steelcase WorkLife Tokyo
Kowa Hiroo Bldg. 4F 5-2-32, Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo
TEL: 03.3448.9611
Map: see PDF
Fee: 500Yen (Free for students)
CES Credit: LU:2.0 (HSW: NO SD: NO)
03/13/2012 Total Light Management
Presenter: Glenn Hughes, Researcher at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and former Director of Construction for The New York Times Company Building
Date: Tuesday MARCH 13, 18:00-20:00 (Doors open from 17:30)
Location: Tokyo Conference Center Shinagawa Area Shinagawa 3rd,4th&5th Floor 1-9-36 Konan, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 108-0075 Japan
Telephone: +81-(0)3-6717-7000
Fee: Free
Language: Japanese and English
CES Credit: LU:2.0 (HSW: YES SD: YES)
02/07/2012 "The Importance of Integrating Light and Architecture"
Presenter: Nick Hoggett IALD, MILE, MSLL Partner, Director of dpa lighting consultants ( http://dpalighting.com/ )
Date: Tuesday FEB 7, 7:00pm-8:30pm (Doors open from 6:30)
Location: Steelcase WorkLife Tokyo Kowa Hiroo Bldg. 4F 5-2-32, Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo
TEL: 03-3448-9611
Fee: 500Yen (Free for students)
CES Credit: LU:2.0 (HSW: NO SD: NO)
11/25/2011 AIA Japan Bonenkai Dec. 6
It will be preceded by the last board meeting of the year.
Board meeting: 18:30 in Conference room #10 on 3F of Research Building (Kenkyuto) bet. Liberty Tower and Hilltop Hotel.
Bonenkai: 19:30 - 21:30 at Café Pensée on 1F of Liberty Tower
09/26/2011 2011 AIA Japan Design Awards: Calls for Entry released!

09/23/2011 New Japan Architecture: Recent Works and New Trends

08/22/2011 Northwest & Pacific Region Conference - Registration is Open!


"You've got to be joking - What relevance could marketing possibly have to a Design Office?"

Presenter: Mr. Roger M. Brookin, Chairman and CEO of Petal KK Marketing Architects
Date: Friday July 8, 2011, 7:00pm-8:30pm (Doors open from 6:30)
Location: Steelcase WorkLife Tokyo
Kowa Hiroo Bldg. 4F 5-2-32, Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo
TEL: 03.3448.9611
Fee: 500Yen (Free for students)
CES Credit: LU:2.0 (HSW: NO SD: NO)

05/23/2011 For a look at how AIA Japan members are making a contribution to the reconstruction in the quake-stricken region, click here.
05/20/2011 Please join us for a "Wac Kuno Tribute Exhibition"


The members of AIA Japan extend their thoughts and prayers to those directly affected by the Tohoku earthquake, tsunami, and the still unfolding crisis at the Fukushima nuclear reactor.
We are also deeply grateful to our AIA colleagues that have offered their heartfelt condolences in this very difficult time.

AIA Japan 2011 President Hisaya Sugiyama, AIA, has compiled this informative letter (pdf link) to those interested in learning more about the current situation in Japan.
You may also learn more in this interview on the AIA webpage.
More information may also be found on the AIA webpage.

03/03/2011 Glass and Light: Architectural Space as Subject Matter

11/04/2010 AIA Japan 2010 Awards Reception

09/09/2010 "Recent Works" by Robert Hutchison

09/06/2010 AIA Japan Now Accepting Entry for Design Awards 2010

7/27/2010 "Ecological Urbanism as a Means to Consider the New City, the Older City and the Shrinking City"

"URBZ Mashup Workshop in Istanbul"

7/02/2010 "Where Tokyo Real Estate is Probably Going"

6/29/2010 AIA Japan member, George Kunihiro, FAIA, has been featured in the AIA homepage "Face of the AIA" section.

5/28/2010 "New Maekawa House - It's Value and Future"

5/23/2010 "Office Acoustics Design Workshop"

3/14/2010 "North Carolina Museum of Art - LEED Gold Project"

2/4/2010 "Japonism and Alvar Aalto"


"Fumihiko Maki (Light, Material & Scenery)"

2/1/2010 "Sustainable Architectures: Planning, New Technologies, and New Materials"

12/15/2009 "Sustainability, Environment, Technology and Wellness in Modern Architecture"

10/09/2009 "Case Studies in Historic Preservation"

10/16/2009 "The American Institute of Architects Japan
2009 Design Awards - Call For Entries"

09/18/2009 LEED and CASBEE: Green Building Strategies in Japan

07/24/2009 Innovative Engineering in Architecture


07/13/2009 Healthcare Planning and Design: The Kameda Medical Center K Tower and other projects.

06/09/2009 Building, Nature, and the Relevance of History: Reflections on Recent Work
Juan Miro (Architect, Associate Professor, The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture)


05/21/2009 Meet the Author: Naomi Pollock
05/22/2009 Design: Physiological and Psychological Factors
Arup Japan 20th Anniversary Exhibition
04/10/2009 The Global Impact of U.S. Energy Policies under President Obama's leadership

03/16/2009 LEED SEMINER at Lutron Office

03/06/2009 "Young Leaders Group of ULI
(Urban Land Institute) Lecture Event"

02/18/2009 "How should Japan open up the possibilities of Integrated Practice?"

01/16/2009 American Institute of Architects and Tokyo Planning Forum present:
A Lecture by Michael Thanner

12/18/2008 On Materiality of Architecture

11/15/2008 The American Institute of Architects Japan 2008 Design Awards Reception.
Please join AIA Japan and our distinguished jurists on November 15 to celebrate the presentation of the 2008 AIA Japan Design Awards.

11/06/2008 Thermal Aspects of Facade Design:
European regulations and practice viewed from Japan
Speaker: Mr Philipp Schaefers, Facade Engineer Halfen Germany.

09/16/2008 Housing ReForms
Lecturer: René Davids, FAIA, Professor of Architecture at UC Berkeley

Hawaii 2008: Crossroads of Design & Diversity



09/19/2008 AIA JAPAN 2008 Design Award - Call for Entry !!
The AIA Award Committee is now accepting your entry for Design Award. (9/19/2008)

Jun Mitsui Exhibition:
Design to Unplug Your Mind
Creative Works that Add Expression to the Urban Environment

07/18/2008 Dubai: Market & Cityscape

05/14/2008 American Institute of Architects and Tokyo Planning Forum Present:
Learning from Dharavi: The Informal City

04/16/2008 The Basics of Lighting Design
- AIA seminar at ERCO

03/17/2008 The ULI Japan's Young Leaders Group presents:
Jun Mitsui – The Role and Importance of "Design" in Real Estate Development

03/17/2008 Kenchiku Journal March 2008, vol 1134
"Architectural Standard Building Code: Learning from the World"
Published articles by AIA Japan member Masami Yonezawa and AIA member Nobutaka Ashihara.

03/17/2008 6 Week Architecture Workshop at Temple University Japan Campus May 20-July 3
Application deadline: March 15

02/04/2008 Nicolai Kruger, Assoc. AIA writes a column for Artscape, DaiNippon Printing Company's webzine.
Column features Japanese art/design exhibitions from a foreigner's perspective.
01/08/2008 Urban Typhoon Workshop: Koliwada-Dharavi / March 16-23, 2008 Mumbai, India.

11/06/2007 RidgeRunner Architectural Design & Development


Januray 2008 Newsletter


By Sytse de Maat, architect M.Sc.
Friday November 30th 2007 7 - 8.30 pm
Temple University in Japan,
Azabu Campus room # 316

A Lecture and slide presentation co-sponsored by
Temple University Japan Campus
AIA Japan & Tokyo Planning Forum

The nonprofit Wrightian Architectural Archives Japan (WAAJ) will be holding a special daylong symposium on Monday, Dec. 3, commemorating 40 years since the original Imperial Hotel by Frank Lloyd Wright was closed. The event, organized jointly with AIA Japan, will feature renowned University of Tokyo historian Hiroyuki Suzuki, leading preservationist Cherilyn Widell of the U.S., and an international panel of architects and preservation experts moderated by Koichiro Kanematsu of the Japan Institute of Architects and DoCoMoMo Japan. The event will also feature a display of historical photos, articles and memorabilia related to the Imperial Hotel, as well as audiovisual clips on monitors in the hall.

For the symposium program and to register: www.wrightinjapan.org/eng_waaj/e_evnt/schedule071203_e.html
10/17/2007 An International Symposium: Urban Regeneration and Economic Development
JOCKIN ARPUTHAM, urban visionary, Magsaysay Laureate, India
FRED W. CLARKE, architect, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, USA
MITSURU SENDA , architect, President, Japan Institute of Architects, Japan
SHUJI FUNO, Professor, Univ. of Shiga Prefecture
And a Panel of Experts

DATE: 2007.11.17 (SATURDAY) 9:30- 16:30 (Doors open at 9:00)
PLACE:Shinsei Bank Hall 20F
2-1-8 Uchisaiwaicho Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Online Registration and Information: www.tuj.ac.jp/urbanregeneration

Let's improve productivity of Japanese Construction Industries by BIM!

Sept 28 (Tokyo)
6 CES credits (HSW: Yes)

October 5 (Osaka)
4 CES credits (HSW:Yes) 


'Expanded Architecture - Buildings and Projects'
Speaker:Stanley Saitowitz
Date:Wednessday, August 29th, 2007
Time:19:00(Doors open at 18:30)
Place:Azabu Hall, Room #317, Temple University Japan

07/17/2007 “Japanese Culture Viewed Though Architecture: From Machiya to Modernity”
Speaker: Geoffrey P. Moussas
Principal, Design 1st, Kyoto, Japan July 20th (Friday)
Time: 7:00-8:30pm (Doors open at 6:30, coffee and tea will be served)
Venue:Temple University, Tokyo Campus, Azabu Hall, Room # 317
Map: http://web.tuj.ac.jp/newsite/main/maps/index.html
07/13/2007 2007 AIA Northwest & Pacific Region Conference
AIA Spokane will host the 2007 AIA Northwest & Pacific Region Conference on September 26-29 . The conference theme is REnew, RE charge, REinvent, with programs focusing on community renewal and the ways in which communities large and small are reinventing themselves.
06/18/2007 CALL FOR ENTRIES - 2007 Northwest and Pacific Region Design Awards
Please see this link for submitting your work. Letter of Intent and
Entry Fees must be submitted no later than July 27, 2007.
06/18/2007 ULI Japan Summer Conference 2007

Date: July 12 (Thursday) 2007 9:30 -18:00
(a reception is to follow and will continue till 19:15)
Location: Marunouchi Building, Tokyo
06/18/2007 Design Excellence/Design-Build International Conference
The Design/Build Knowledge Community would like to announce the Design Excellence/Design-Build International Conference from September 27th to the 29 taking place in London. See this link for more details:
Date: July 27th (Friday)
Time: 6:00pm
Venue:Iwasaki Koyata Memorial Hall
Language: Japanese
Admission: Free (resevations requested)
06/06/2007 Architecture and New Urban Landscapes
Presentations by: Arata Isozaki, Fumihiko Maki, Kengo Kuma,and Italian architects Antonio Citterio, Paolo Desideri, and Franco Purini.
Date: Wednessday June 6th
05/16/2007 “What do Developers expect from Architects and Designers?”
Speakers: Yoshihiko Sone, Senior Project Manager, Architectural Planning Services Group, Architecture and Construction Services Department, Mitsui Fudosan
Kojiro Shimodo, Project Manager, Office Building Development Dept I Planning Group, Mitsui Fudosan
Date: June 8th (Friday)
Time: 7:00-8:30pm
Venue: Temple University, Tokyo Campus, Azabu Hall, Room #317
05/11/2007 Keeping Wright's Spirit Alive: A Celebration of Raku Endo
05/11/2007 May 11 - May 27 Exhibition : "New Trends of Architecture in Europe and Asia"
May 11 Symposium : "New Trends of Architecture in Europe and Asia"

04/25/2007 AHEC Japan Convention V
01/06/2007 AIA Japan and Tokyo Planning Forum will sponsor a lecture at Temple University, Tokyo Campus.
Topic: "Shimokitazawa as a Utopian town in Japan"
Speaker: Masami Kobayashi, Professor of Meiji University/ Visiting Associate of Harvard University, Leader of Shimokitazawa Forum
Time: 7:00-8:30pm, Friday January 19


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