I split my days between Keio University and frontoffice tokyo.
frontoffice is a planning and architecture firm located in the heart of what is (for now) still the largest mega-city in the world, Tokyo. Taking advantage of our location we are interested in how the city can be used like a landscape we can riff on - feels like we are beginning to work out what it has to offer as a place to live. The future is now!
Ostensibly my specialty in academia is the compact city and suburbia, but my interests have changed in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami that hit japan in March 2011. In the last five years we have been looking at how to rebuild with community at the center of architectural practice. Our approach has two parts - the soft power of resilience, and the hard reality of developing new construction methods.
Recently I am teaching Design Thinking and focused on emerging forms of practice. It feels like we are at the cusp of a new kind of architecture practice and I am very interested in documenting the process as it unfolds.
will's School Blog on Archinect:
keio university's architecture program is probably the best kept secret in the country. Hidden away on a campus an hour from tokyo the curriculum is wide open and connected to a campus-wide project aimed at dealing with climate change and innovation. students of economics can take courses in architecture and vice versa but we all are expected to take part in real projects somewhere in the world. there are a few starchitects on the faculty but mostly we are focused on making a difference.
Talking with Assemble – before they won the Turner, Tue, Feb 9 '16
My first meeting with Assemble was at their studio in London, in a search to find and speak with interesting people who think that building stuff at 1:1 scale sounds pretty normal. I wanted to convince them to host a workshop at Keio University, where I teach, and I succeeded: our run in with ...
Making space (and a business), one thread at a time, Tue, Jan 12 '16
I met with Samira Boon earlier this year at her studio in Amsterdam, while on a trip around Europe and Asia to talk with people who are carrying the profession of architecture in new directions. I admit this is a bit of a red herring, because practice is always changing, but we are now witnessing ...
UpStarts: 5468796 Architecture, Tue, Oct 26 '10
by William Galloway Sometimes it is possible to catch a group of people who are literally taking their first steps towards something interesting. If luck is on your side you can find out what they are thinking about - before hindsight settles in and the interesting things have become normal, and ...
Archinect Op-Ed: Big Bangs, Slums, and Suburbia, Sun, Mar 29 '09
This is not a scientific statement by any means, but I think it’s reasonable to assume that every universe pretty much gets just one big bang. However, architecture and planning (both professions in which I have some experience) generally are practiced as if the opposite was the case. Not in a ...
KEIO UNIVERSITY, Project Assistant Professor
+ researching and teaching sustainability in architecture and urban planning
+ teaching design thinking to multi-disciplinary groups (architects and scientists)
+ teach studio course in architecture to graduate students
+ co-leader, EDGE program
frontoffice tokyo, Tokyo, JP, director
Architecture For Humanity Tokyo, Tokyo, JP, co-director
Waseda University, lecturer
+ history of modern architecture
+ Tokyo - planning and architecture from Edo to the present
+ sustainable architecture and urban planning
JUMP studios, project architect
Matthew Priestman Architects, project architect
fukumi architects and associates, senior design architect
The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, JP, PhD, urban planning / environmental studies
University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, CA, MArch, architecture
University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, CA, Bachelors, architecture
World Architecture Award, 1st Place
The World’s Foremost International Distinguished Building, Landscape Architecture, and Urbanism Awards Program
Since 2004, The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, together with The European Center for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and Metropolitan Arts Press, Ltd. have organized The International Architecture Awards as a way in which to honor the best, significant new buildings, landscape architecture, and planning projects designed and/or built around the world’s leading architects, landscape architects, and urban planners practicing nationally and internationally.
The International Architecture Awards give an important global overview of the current aesthetic direction of today’s commercial, corporate, institutional, and residential work to the real estate, banking, business, and corporate community, as well as to the press and general public worldwide.
The program is one of the Museum’s most important public education outreach initiatives produced throughout the year-to the Museum’s international audience.
Archiprix International, Honorable Mention
Monbukagakusho Research Scholarship, Scholarship
Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Honor Roll, Award
American Institute of Architects Student Medal, Award