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will galloway

will galloway

Tokyo, JP

 

About 

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 we can build better places to live and play if we treat the city like a landscape.

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.
 

Elsewhere:

will's School Blog on Archinect:

KEIO UNIVERSITY : learning/teaching architecture in japan

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.

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will's Featured Articles on Archinect

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 ...

Talking with Assemble – before they won the Turner
 

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 ...

Making space (and a business), one thread at a time
 

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 ...

UpStarts: 5468796 Architecture
 

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 ...

Archinect Op-Ed: Big Bangs, Slums, and Suburbia
 

Employment 

open architecture collabrative (OAC) Tokyo, tokyo, co-director

Jan 2016 - current
 

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

Nov 2010 - current
 

frontoffice tokyo, Tokyo, JP, director

Sep 2008 - current
 

Architecture For Humanity Tokyo, Tokyo, JP, co-director

Nov 2011 - Dec 2015
 

Waseda University, lecturer

+ history of modern architecture
+ Tokyo - planning and architecture from Edo to the present
+ sustainable architecture and urban planning

Sep 2009 - Apr 2011
 

JUMP studios, project architect

Jan 2003 - Jan 2004
 

Matthew Priestman Architects, project architect

Sep 2002 - Mar 2003
 

fukumi architects and associates, senior design architect

Sep 1996 - Sep 2002
 

Education 

The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, JP, PhD, urban planning / environmental studies

Sep 2004 - Oct 2008
 

University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, CA, MArch, architecture

Sep 1999 - Sep 2001
 

University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, CA, Bachelors, architecture

Sep 1991 - May 1996
 

Awards 

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.

2012
 

Archiprix International, Honorable Mention

2004
 

Monbukagakusho Research Scholarship, Scholarship

2004
 

Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Honor Roll, Award

2001
 

American Institute of Architects Student Medal, Award

2001
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills 



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