Japan Singapore Architecture Forum 2016

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The Japan Singapore Architecture Forum 2016 is an event for emerging architects and design/construction firms from Japan and Singapore to share diverse creative solutions to improve our lives together. Also, Japanese official will give a special lecture on how Japan and Singapore can cross-collaborate to make better living environment together. There will be an exhibition for this event featuring presenting architects and general contracting companies from Japan.


Date Exhibition: March 12(Sat.) - March 19(Sat.) 9am - 7pm
Forum: March 18(Fri.) 9am - 5pm
Venue Exhibition: The URA Centre 1st Floor Atrium
Forum: The URA Centre 5th Floor, Function Hall
Admission $80 SGD
Capacity 100 pax

※Tickets will be sold in first come first serve manner

Organizer Japan Supporting Board for Global Activities of Architecture (JSB)
Japan Institute of Architects
Delphi Lab Inc.
Supporters Ministry of Land, Infrastructure
Transport and Tourism; Singapore
Urban Redevelopment Authority
Japan Creative Center; Singapore
Institute of Architects
Architectural Institute of Japan
Japan Federation of Architects & Building Engineers Association
Japan Association of Architectural Firms
Japan Federation of Construction Contractors
Design Singapore Council

theme pattern generated by noiz

“New Approaches To The Architectural Designing”
Up-and-coming Japanese architects, Landscape architects, and others.

Forum Presenters

Keisuke Toyoda (noiz architects)

noiz is an architectural design firm based in Tokyo and Taipei, co-established by Keisuke Toyoda and Jia-Shuan Tsai in 2007. In 2010, noiz in collaboration Bio Architecture Formosana won the design competition for Industrial Technology Research Institute Central Region Campus, and it was inaugurated in 2015. Their portfolio includes Zhengzhou Clubhouse (2012), Humble House Hotel Roofscape (2012), FLIPMATA (2012) in collaboration with Kazuhiro Jo & Whyid, Hermes Taiwan Window Display series (2014- present), and various exhibition designs at Museum of National Taipei University of Education. They work in various fields including architecture, interior, installation, exhibition and more, while expertly utilizing digital technology to expand possibilities. They are also actively engaged in R&D activities at their research platform “EaR” established in 2014 to further explore into the field of architectural informatics.
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Keisuke Toyoda

Yasutaka Yoshimura (Yasutaka Yoshimura Arhitects)

Architect, director of Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects Inc. and professor of I-AUD, Meiji University. Born in 1972, Toyota Aichi, Japan. Completed the Master Course, Graduated School of Science and Engineering, Waseda University in 1999. Worked at MVRDV from 1999 to 2001 and founded Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects Inc., 2005. Lectured various universities in Japan from 2002 to 2012 and since 2013 professor of I-AUD, Meiji University. Latest projects including the Window House (Kanagawa, 2013), House in Toyama (Toyama, 2016) and Fukumasu Kindergarten (Chiba, 2016) and so on. As awards, Selected Architectural Designs of AIJ 2014 and 2011 (Nakagawa Office / Nowhere but Sajima), JCD Design Award 2011 Grand Prix (Red-light Yokohama), Yoshioka Prize 2007 (Drift) and many more. As bibliographies, “Behaviors and Protocol” (LIXIL, 2012), “EX-CONTAINER” (Graphic-sha, 2008), “Super Legal Buildings” (Shokoku-sha, 2006) and many more.
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Yasutaka Yoshimura

Hiroto Kobayashi (Kobayashi Maki Design Workshop)

Hiroto Kobayashi, Doctor of Design, Principal: Kobayashi Maki Design Workshop, Professor: Keio University Graduate School of Media and Governance, Visiting Researcher: University of California, Berkeley Hiroto Kobayashi studied architecture and urban design at Kyoto University and the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD). He has worked with Nikken Sekkei and Norman Foster and Partners as an architect. He completed his doctoral dissertation on the traditional community form, 'Cho', and received a Doctor of Design degree from the GSD, where he served as visiting associate through 2000-2003. Kobayashi is a founding partner of Kobayashi Maki Design Workshop (KMDW), an architectural and urban design firm based in Tokyo. He also represents an American architectural firm, Skidmore Owings and Merrill LLP, in Japan. KMDW’s work encompasses a full range of design scales, from furniture and interior design to large building complexes and urban design. Projects include work for cities and communities in Japan, China, Indonesia, Myanmar, Palau, and Peru. Most recently KMDW has been developing design-build methodology using engineered wood; this approach was inspired and initiated by the Tohoku disaster of 2011.
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>Hiroto Kobayashi

Hiroshi Miyakawa (Nikken Sekkei)

Born in Hyogo in 1958. After getting a master’s degree in construction engineering from Waseda University ,he joined Nikken Sekkei in 1983, and became Executive Officer in Architectural Design Department in 2007. Executive Design Fellow & Principal of Global Marketing Center since 2016. He also became Executive Director at The Buchan Group in Australia since 2015. His designs include a variety of projects such as the Kansai International Airport terminal building (1994), Tokyo Women’s Christian University Zenpukuji Campus(1996), the Osaka Dome baseball stadium (1997), and Pola Ginza Building(2009). He has designed many large scale projects in China since 2002, such as the Beijing TV Center (Beijing, 2009), the Guangzhou Library(Guangzhou, 2012), and Modern Media Plaza(Suzhou 2016). He holds a master’s degree in architecture from Yale University (1989) and has held the title of APEC Architect since 2007
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Hiroshi Miyakawa

Keiichiro Sako (Sako Architects)

SAKO Architects is a Beijing, Tokyo and Fukuoka-based architecture firm of Japanese architect Keiichiro Sako. So far SAKO Architects has produced over 100 projects widely in the world including China, Japan, Korea, Mongol Spain in 12 years. In addition to the core services of architectural design and interior design, we also provide graphic design, furniture and urban master planning. Nowadays, we continue to develop the architecture known as, “CHINESE BRAND ARCHITECTS,” using specific themes, which can only be found in China. Representative work: “BUMPS in Beijing”, “ASTERISK in Beijing”, “KID”S REPUBLIC in Beijing”, “ROMANTICISM2 in Hangzhou”, “CUBE TUBE in Jinhua”, “BEANS in Kanazawa”
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Keiichiro Sako

Chang Yong Ter (Chang Architects)

Born and raised in Singapore, Yong Ter's passion for architecture was discovered during his university years at the School of Architecture, National University of Singapore. Upon graduation, he sought apprenticeship with Mr. Tang Guan Bee for several years, before starting his practice, CHANG Architects, at the turn of this millennium. In his early years of practice, he was one of the 20 architects to be selected by the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore to showcase the works of young and emerging architects in Singapore. It was published in 20 Under 45: A Selection of Works by Under-45. He believes architectural design is both an intuitive and rational work of the heart and the mind, exploring new grounds by unlearning and forgetting, and self-discoveries of the basics/origin. His passion in art/architecture, and his belief that architecture has great influences on one’s well-being and the psychic, spurs him to uncover works that are both life-enhancing and inspirational.
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Chang Yong Ter

Yasutaka Maeda (Taisei Corporation)

Born: 1959 in Tokyo. After obtaining his Bachelor of Engineering Architecture, Department of Science and Engineering, Waseda University, Yasutaka Maeda joined the Design Division of Taisei Corporation in 1982. From 2013, he became General Manager of the International Projects, Design Division of Taisei Corporation. There he participates in a variety of projects, from small Tenant Improvements, to Large Infrastructure Projects such as the International Airport Project. From 1993 to 1999, he worked at Taisei America Corporation (which is a subsidiary company in the U.S.A of Taisei Corporation) as a Design Manager. He designed The Theater; Sapporo Brewery Visitor’s House (1986), BMW Japan Head Quarter (1988), T.I. work for Export-Import Bank of Japan L.A. Office (1994), Tokyo Electron America Head Office in Texas (1996) and several other projects in South East Asia. He holds a Master’s degree in Design Studies from Graduate School of Design, Harvard University (2000). Furthermore he has a 1st class architect license in Japan since 1985, and an architect license in California State, U.S.A. since 1997. He is also a member of The American Institute of Architects and of The Architectural Institute of Japan.
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Hiroshi Miyagawa

Hirotsugu Yamaguchi (Takenaka Corporation)

Born in Tokyo Japan in 1958. After completed Graduate School of Advanced Science and Engineering, Waseda University, in March 1983, he has joined Takenaka Corporation. He has worked at both Osaka and Tokyo Main Office Design Department followed by the assignment of Senior Vice President of Takenaka Corporation (USA) between 1997 and 2003. Mar.2014 to Feb.2016, he has worked as Senior Design Director at Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 4 Project, Design Department. Currently on the position of Associate Managing Officer since March 2016. He has designed various awarded projects in Japan includes Tsukuba R&D Center, Astellas Pharma Inc., AGC Monozukuri (Quality Manufacturing) Training Center and Tokyo Main Office, Takenaka Corporation. Also he has been deeply involved in overseas large scale projects’ design, such as Capitagreen and Changi T4 in Singapore. As professional qualification, Certified Architect in USA (American Institute of Architects), First-Class Qualified Architect (Japan).
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Hirotsugu Yamaguchi

Guest Presentater

Takeshi Shiroki (Deputy Director of Land Economy & Construction Industries Bureau)

Born in Tokyo Japan in 1984. After getting a Bachelor of Law in Waseda University in March 2007, he has joined Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT). He had worked as Director of Transport Planning Division at Planning and Tourism Department, Tohoku District Transport Bureau, MLIT between 2012 and 2013 and worked as Deputy Director at Reconstruction Agency from October 2013 to August 2015. Currently, he has worked as Deputy Director at International Affairs Division, Land Economy and Construction Industries Bureau, MLIT since September 2015, and has been dispatched to Nanyang Technological University, Complexity Institute in Singapore as Visiting Scholar since November 2015.

Takeshi Shiroki


Akihiko Hamada (JSB Councilor)

As a Principal Architect who conducted 8 design studios for domestic/international projects, Mr. Hamada played a leading role in overall design process with a number of projects in Japan as well as overseas. The projects he had engaged vary from large-scale office headquarters, spec offices to university campuses and museums. His intensive management skill and dedication to pursue higher standards always satisfies his clients such as TOYOTA, NEC, Walt Disney, 3M, Waseda University, foreign governments and other parties. One of the significant projects he contributed is NEC Renaissance City, which received The Earth Environment Grand Prize, Energy Savings Award of Ministry of the Environment of Japan, and many other notable awards. His presence in design industry is an asset for the academic society, where he teaches architectural design in university.

Akihiko Hamada

Tomohisa Miyauchi (NUS Senior Lecturer)

Tomohisa Miyauchi is a senior lecturer at National University of Singapore, Department of Architecture, conducting design studio and lectures. His teaching and research areas are; Architectural Practice as Entrepreneurship and Experimentation, Contemporary Architectural Theory, and Curation in Architecture. Mr. Miyauchi holds the first-class registered license, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism in Japan, as well as AIA, American Institute of Architects, registered license in New York State, USA. Mr. Miyauchi is also a senior editor for Architecture and Urbanism (a+u) and the founder of architectural practice, Archisan in Tokyo, Japan.
Tomohisa Miyauchi

Forum 9:00am Friday, March 18, 2016

Opening 8:30am (registration)

Starting 9:00

Opening Address Organizer Yoshiaki Ogura (JSB President)
Opening Address Supporter Ng Lye Hock, Larry (URA Group Director)

Akihiko Hamada (JSB Councilor)
Tomohisa Miyauchi (NUS Senior Lecturer)

9:50 - 10:25 Keisuke Toyoda
10:25 - 11:00 Yasutaka Yoshimura
11:00 - 11:35 Yasutaka Maeda
11:35 - 12:10 Hiroto Kobayashi
Lunch Break 12:10 - 1:30pm
1:30 - 2:05 Hiroshi Miyakawa
2:05 - 2:40 Hirotsugu Yamaguchi
Break 2:40 - 3:00
3:00 - 3:35 Chang Yong Ter
3:35 - 4:10 Keiichiro Sako

Guest Presentation
4:10 - 4:30
“Strengthening Singapore-Japan Cooperation in the Field of Infrastructure Development”
Takeshi Shiroki (Deputy Director of Land Economy & Construction Industries Bureau)

4:30 - 5:20
8 architects' panel discussion and question-and-answer session

Forum Closing 5:20

Reception 5:40pm Friday, March 18, 2016

Reception 5:40 - 7:00

Greeting Yoshiaki Ogura
Congratulatory address

End of Reception.

Exhibition 3/12 - 3/19

Exhibition Contents:
a. Featured Architects’ Projects
(Exhibition of presenting architects’ work)

b. New Design / New Technology
(Latest architectural products and technologies)

c. Japan Design Today
(Award winning projects in Japan)

Exhibition Venue:
The URA Centre, Atrium Zone C
45 Maxwell Rd., Singapore 069118

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