save the date: AIA INternational region conference
shanghai 2019

November 14-17, 2019
topic: China - New Realities

November 14-17, 2019
Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Pudong, Shanghai

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stanley saitowitz - OUTsides and insides

Stanley Saitowitz was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and received his Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Witwatersrand in 1974 and his Masters in Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley in 1977. He is an Emeritus Professor of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley. He has taught at numerous schools, including the Elliot Noyes Professor, Harvard University GSD (1991-2), the Bruce Goff Professor, University of Norman, Oklahoma (1993), UCLA, Rice, SCIARC, Cornell, Syracuse, and University of Texas at Austin. He has given more than 200 public lectures in the United States and abroad. His first house was built in 1975, and together with Stanley Saitowitz/Natoma Architects Inc., has completed numerous buildings and projects. These have been residential, commercial and institutional. He has designed houses, housing, master plans, offices, museums, libraries, wineries, synagogues, churches, commercial and residential interiors, memorials, urban landscapes and promenades. Amongst many awards, the Transvaal House was declared a National Monument by the Monuments Council in South Africa in 1997, the New England Holocaust Memorial received the Henry Bacon Medal in 1998, and in 2006 he was a finalist for the Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt National Design Award given by Laura Bush at the White House. Three books have been published on the work, and articles have appeared in many magazines and newspapers. His paintings, drawings and models have been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums.

OUTSIDES are about place, and building the city with continuity. Each project involves conversations with the found conditions of the particular site, both immediate and general, each infecting and inflecting the other.
INSIDES search for ways of producing space as dispassionate frameworks of opportunity; instruments which free occupants to inhabit space at their will, more like a camera than a photograph.

wednesday, august 7, 2019 @19:00
Doors open at 18:30

This lecture counts for 2 LUs.


Tokyo Arper Japan K.K.. 
HT Jingu Gaien Building, 8th F
2-7-22 Kita Aoyama, Minato-Ku Japan  

AIA Members: Free
General:  1000 yen
Students:  500yen

There will be a wine/snack networking session after the lecture.


james lambiasi featured on nhk

Please enjoy another edition of NHK World’s series on Japanese architecture, featuring AIAJ member James Lambiasi as navigator. The program is titled “Okinawa: Architecture of History and Tradition” and explores how architecture in Okinawa has developed its own style over the years, differently from that of the main island of Japan.

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2018 AIA Japan President Daishi Yoshimoto holds the Accreditation Certificate.

2018 AIA Japan President Daishi Yoshimoto holds the Accreditation Certificate.

aia japan accredited for 2019-2022

On May 1, 2019, AIA Japan has been notified by the AIA about its successful passing of the accreditation process as Chapter of the AIA for the 2019-2022 Period. The certification comes as a result of continuous hard work and commitment by Chapter leaders in providing quality programs, and active participation of Chapter members. Congratulations to all!

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Frameworks of Uncertainty:
Architectural Strategies of Control and Change in the Work of Cedric Price and Arata Isozaki

marcela aragUez

-Architect based in Zurich.
-MArch from the University of Granada in Spain.
-PhD in Architectural History & Theory from the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London

Marcela Aragüez is a Spanish architect based in Zurich. She holds an MArch from the University of Granada in Spain and a PhD in Architectural History & Theory from the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, where she was also awarded with an MSc in Spatial Design (UCL Turner Prize for best dissertation). Marcela’s research interest lies in the understanding of uncertainty as a spatial quality in architecture, with a particular emphasis on the investigation of post-war practices from a cross-cultural perspective. She is currently coordinating the joint research project ‘The Culture of Water’ between the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences in Switzerland and the Kyoto Institute of Technology in Japan. A former editor of LOBBY and current editor of InForma, Marcela has lectured widely in the UK, Switzerland, Japan, France and Spain and her work has been acknowledged by grants and awards from institutions such as the Japan Foundation, Sasakawa Foundation, Canon Foundation and the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain. She is a licensed practitioner with professional experience in Spain and Switzerland.

thursday, july 11, 2019 @19:00
Doors open at 18:30

This lecture counts for 2 LUs.


Tokyo Arper Japan K.K.. 
HT Jingu Gaien Building, 8th F
2-7-22 Kita Aoyama, Minato-Ku Japan  

AIA Members: Free
General:  1000 yen
Students:  500yen

There will be a wine/snack networking session after the lecture.

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lecture: 150 years From traditional Hakka residence to modern Taipei public residences

Li-ren Hsiao

VENUE: Nikken Sekkei Takebashi office
1-1-1 Hitotsubashi, Chiyoda-ku
Palace Side Building 8F

thursday, JUNE 20, 2019 @19:00

The lecture will explain how the ancient Chinese art of Feng-sui is still a very applicable way of designing buildings by showing 150 years of Feng-sui architecture from traditional Hakka residences to modern Taipei public residences.

Wine & snacks will be served in a networking session after the lecture.


aiaj/fiu international symposium:
Resilience and the Built Environment

In the recent years, local communities are facing various threats on a global scale due to the increase of heavy rainfall, drought, landslide disasters, etc. caused by climate changes. In the United States, Hurricane Katrina (2005) and Hurricane Sandy (2012) have made serious damages, and the impact of rising sea levels has become a major issue in Florida. Even in Japan, Hiroshima landslides (2014) and floods in the western Japan (2018) caused serious damage.  Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami and associated nuclear power plant accidents (2011) left devastating damages to the eastern Japan coastal area. Under such circumstances, it is necessary to seek the built environment of the next generation by introducing a broad perspective connecting the city, infrastructure and landscape in order to make our cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. This symposium "Resilience and the Building Environment" was made possible by Japan chapter of American Institute of Architects (AIA Japan) with the cooperation of Meiji University in conjunction with students and faculties of the international program of Florida International University. AIA members and other architects and experts from related fields make discussions that transverse area of studies with a broad perspective, and look for the future of architecture and cities.

saturday, may 11, 2019

VENUE: Meiji University Surugadai Campus Academy Common 2nd Floor Conference Room
ADMISSION FEES: Free for AIA Members, JPY1000 for General Public, JPY500 for Students

Opening Remarks: Akira Nakamura, AIA President, AIA Japan
MC, Total Coordinator: George Kunihiro, FAIA

Keynote: Prof. Nobuaki Furuya (Waseda University, Studio Nasca, President of AIJ)

Panel 1:Urbanism
Thomas Spiegelhalter:  C.R.U.N.C.H. (Climate Resistant Urban Nexus Choices): 6 Countries | 6 Cities
Alice Gray Read: Carbon: Its History and Future by Powers of 10
Tomoaki Tanaka (Meiji University): Site Design for Climate Resilience, Outreach Project w/3D Scanner in Takatsu Eco City Project
Takanori Fukuoka (Tokyo University of Agriculture): Strategic Urban Green Infrastructure Implementation towards the Livable City

Panel 2: infrastructure and building design
Alfredo Andia:A More Spectacular Bio-imagination for Climate Change
Eric Goldemberg: REEF MODULES: Infrastructural Replenishment of Corals through 3D-printed Reef Structures
Tetsuya Yaguchi (Waseda University): Urban Resilience in Japan - New Challenges in Mature and Shrinking Society
Kazuko Akamatsu (Hosei University, CAt) : Resilient Design in School Architecture

Closing Remarks: Marilys R. Nepomechie

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board adopts strategic plan 2019-21

The Board of Directors met on April 18 and adopted AIA Japan’s 3-year Strategic Plan, which outlines Missions, Strategic Objectives, and Action Plans to advance the core missions of our Chapter which are: 1. Support Professional Development, 2. Advocate for the Profession, 3. Ensure Financial Stability, and 4. Elevate Public Awareness. For more details, please view the full copy.

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Tokyoism: Speculative Practice as a Metronomic ‘Other’

kaz yoneda

Principal, Bureau 0-1

Kaz is the founding principal of Bureau 0-1 (zero to one), Inc., an integrated full-service design practice grounded in architecture. With a process oriented ontological principles that evades any equilibrious or binary system, they offer a boundary-less and timeless design that seeks to question and escape conventionality. Perhaps this is rooted in his upbringing. Always a metronomic outsider to Japan, Kaz was born in Seattle, spent summers in Kansai, raised in California, then went on to receive B.Arch. from Cornell AAP, worked at Sou Fujimoto, and then back to receive M.Arch. II from Harvard GSD. A chapter turned when he arrived to Tokyo to startup Harvard’s Tokyo Studio with Toyo Ito, and further, as architecture director for Takram from 2011-2014. Through this lecture, Kaz will ruminate on the possibility of integrated theory-praxis emanating from Tokyo in all its singularity and hyperboles.

カズ・ヨネダは、2014年にBureau 0–1(ビューロー・ゼロ・トゥ・ワン)の拠点を東京に構え、空間構成、都市や建築設計、ブランディングやグラフィック・デザインなどと主軸活動に据えたオフィスを創設しました。プロセス重視の手法を基盤に、旧来の単純な白か黒かという二者択一に囚われずに、普通や標準となった概念を根底から捉え直し、様々な「境」を超えた新しい普遍性によって顕れてくるデザインを目指しています。それは、彼自身のメトロノームの様な外的存在として過ごしてきた生い立ちにあるかもしれません。本講義では、カズ氏の往来歴から見出してきた視点を基に、東京の独自性と拡張性からヒントを得られる理論と実践の両立や統合の可能性について話します。

thursday, April 25, 2019 @19:00

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hanami 2019

Saturday March 30, 19:00-21:30

Come celebrate the arrival of the spring season in Nakameguro, the most famous Hanami spot in Tokyo!

Venue: James Lambiasi Architect (MAP)

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab: Design by HDR | Gensler, in collaboration with Clive Wilkinson Architects and EGG Office.

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab: Design by HDR | Gensler, in collaboration with Clive Wilkinson Architects and EGG Office.

from chicago to tokyo: making global connections

sarah bader

Gensler Japan Principal, Representative in Japan, IIDA, LEED®AP

As Co-Managing Director for Gensler’s Tokyo office, Sarah leads local and global teams as they create design solutions that meet both the aesthetic and business requirements for clients around the world. Previously, she spent three years as a Co-Managing Director of the firm’s Chicago office. Sarah’s strengths include analyzing strategic business goals and leading teams in the creation of world-class programming, space planning, conceptual development, and design development. As a project director, Sarah has spent two decades taking projects from concept through execution helping teams to understand issues and provide custom, client-focused solutions. Her background spans a wide variety of industries and project types and sizes. From new high-rise hospitals in the heart of a city’s bustling downtown, to familiar and intimate workplace design, Sarah sees design from multiple viewpoints and creates distinctive and compelling solutions for her clients.

ゲンスラーシカゴオフィスのマネジングディレクターを務めた後、東京オフィスの日本における代表に就任。医療関連施設やワークプレイスをはじめとした様々な業種のプロジェクト実績を持ち、ビジネス課題に対するデザイン的解決の提案に向けてチームを牽引。 25年以上の経験をもとに、戦略的ビジネスゴールの分析やコンセプト立案といったプロジェクト初期段階から設計段階まで、多角的にデザインを見ながら、エンドユーザーの立場に立った効果的なソリューションを提案しています。

March 7, 2019 19:00

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presidents’ Brunch meeting

Seven past AIA Japan presidents and 2019 president Akira Nakamura discuss the future of AIA Japan at the annual new year brunch meeting. Many issues were discussed including funding, programming, and membership recruiting. All presidents shared ideas on how to improve quality of member services in 2019 under the new leadership. Please stay tuned for announcements on events and other programs!

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president’s 2018 annual report

We thank our members, friends, and sponsors for another great year in 2018. We look forward to working with you in 2019. If you missed any part of what we have achieved this year, here is the full report of AIA Japan’s activities.

Daishi Yoshimoto, 2018 President


吉本大史 2018年会長

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aia japan thanks for your support in 2018!

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2018 AIA JP PK EntryForm
2018 AIA JP PK CallForEntry_ENGLISH
2018 AIA JP PK CallForEntry_日本語

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AIA Film Challenge Winners Announced!

Grand Prize Winner, filmmaker: Cheryl Hess

People’s Choice Award Winner, filmmaker: MarQ Morrison

Runner- Up, filmmaker: Christopher Langer

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aia international region conference

convergence: crossroad in singapore

November 2-4, 2018

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American Institute of Architects advocates for the value of architecture and gives architects the resources they need to do their best work. AIA's work drives positive change through the power of design. Founded in 1857 by 13 architects, the organization is now over 90,000 members strong with over 260 chapters around the world. 


アメリカ建築家協会 は建築の力を信じて、建築家がその能力を最大限発揮できるよう、あらゆるリソースを提供しています。AIAの活動は、デザインの力によってより良い社会に向けた変革をもたらす原動力となっています。1857年に13人の建築家によって設立された当会は、現在9万人を超える会員数と260を超える支部により世界中で様々な活動を展開しています。

AIA International Region is the broadest geographical region of the American Institute of Architects, providing a collaborative leadership platform to empower members and encourage global success through best practice, innovative thinking and design excellence. The Region now comprises of 7 Chapters worldwide.


アメリカ建築家協会国際支部 AIA国際支部は、AIAで最も地理的に広範な支部組織です。各国支部のリーダーにより構成され、各国支部会員が革新的な発想とデザインを発揮し、国際的に活躍するためのプラットフォームを提供しています。現在、日本を含め世界中で7つの国際支部があります。

AIA Japan is a bridge between US professional practices and Japanese design firms, professional associations and educational institutions, engaging in a dialogue to enhance the architectural practice in Japan through local events, educational programs, mentorship and overseas travel activities.


アメリカ建築家協会日本支部 AIA日本支部はアメリカと日本の建築家、建築設計事務所、建築関連団体、教育機関を繋げる架け橋として、在日AIA会員のサポート、建築関連イベントの企画、教育プログラムの実施、学生の海外設計事務所への派遣事業等を行っています。

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