Jun Sato / Associate Professor / Graduate School of Frontier Sciences
Department of Socio-Cultural Environmental Studies / / Architectural Structures

Career Summary
1993 : Graduated from the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, the University of Tokyo
1995 : Received a Master's degree in Engineering, the University of Tokyo
1995 - 1999 : Designer at Toshihiko Kimura Structural Engineers Co., Ltd., Tokyo
2000 - Present : Consultant at Jun Sato Structural Engineers Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan
2010 - Present : Associate Professor at the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, the University of Tokyo
2013 : Received a Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Tokyo
2014 - Present : Associate Professor at the Department of Socio-Cultural Environmental Studies, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, the University of Tokyo
Educational Activities
Graduate School : Morphology of Architectural Structures, IEDP Structural Design Studio
Undergraduate Studies : Structural Planning Overview, Structural advising for architectural design studios
Research Activities
Development of Morphogenetic Operations in Structural Design
Morphogenetic operations of structure in architecture have advanced into the phase where structural elements also serve as environmental elements.
Some of them will be developed by the following practices :
  • Dynamics Operations : Single structural design method used for diverse forms based on dynamics
  • Geometry Operations : Choreographic control of complicated geometry
  • Experimentation : Physically sensing the operation processes that appear in workshop scale structures
Structure in Architecture is appearing in diverse forms composed of diverse materials, constructed by diverse methods, and exposed to diverse impacts. If we can compose a single structural design method for these complicated targets, we will be able to design more material oriented forms based on dynamics, geometry, craftsmanship, and energy consumption.
This will also be valuable when considering the operation of forms, which are so complicated that they are too difficult to even draw.
Research projects in detail are as follows :
  • Dynamics Operations
  • Approach using transparent glass, resin structure
    Specimen of stained glass structure.
    Specimen of stained glass structure.
  • Approach using steel mesh forms based on welding technique and operation of buckling phenomenon
    Steel mesh structure at
    Steel mesh structure at "Hakodate Future University."
  • Approach using wooden mesh forms developed with traditional connection system, "Kigumi"
    Complicated wooden mesh structure at
    Complicated wooden mesh structure at "Sunny Hills Japan"
  • Approach using manually operated form finding algorithm based on safety ratio, energy absorption
    Algorithm to describe plastic hinges that also describes buckling behavior
    Condensation of the eigenvalue equation of buckling
  • Geometry Operations
    Approach using accumulative shape, freeform, polyhedral shape
    Accumulative structure of cubes at
    Accumulative structure of cubes at "Ai-Cubes"
    Development of 2D projection method for 3D complicated geometry
  • Experimentation
    Workshop scale morphogenetic design based on geometry, materials, dynamics, craftsmanship, site matters, and the spirit of engineering
    A light and soft structure in which people do not die even if it collapse
MARK #54, Exacting Structures, Netherlands, 2015
Earth : Material for Design, National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, Japan, 2011
Items in Jun Sato Structural Engineers, LIXIL Publishing, Japan, 2010
GLASSBLOCK and ARCHITECTURE, Crystal Brick House, Alinea Editrice, Italy, 2010
Creating New Principles for 21st Century Architecture, LIXIL Publishing, Japan, 2009
Vivid Technology, Gakugei Publishing, Japan, 2007
Other Activities
Jun Sato Structural Engineers Co., Ltd
Architectural Institute of Japan (AIJ)
Japan Structural Consultants Association (JSCA)
Future Plan
Messages to Students