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(Associate Professor/Division of Environmental Studies)

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.
Approach using steel mesh forms based on welding technique and operation of buckling phenomenon

Steel mesh structure at "Hakodate Future University."
Approach using wooden mesh forms developed with traditional connection system, "Kigumi"

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 "Ai-Cubes"
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)