Lecture: Tomoaki Tanaka
Tomoaki Tanaka | FORMS, Tokyo/ Meiji University
Monday, October 15, 2012
12:30pm - 1:30pm
Gould Hall - Rm 322
Tomoaki Tanaka is Associate Professor of Department of Architecture at Meiji University. He became a tenured faculty in 2008 after teaching as a Visiting Lecturer since 1999. He serves as a Deputy Director of the Headquarters of International Collaboration from 2012. He is also a principal of FORMS, an architectural design firm. His most recent research and practice focus on architectural design, site design, architectural planning of housings and residential projects. Other recent research focuses on methodologies to coordinate building design on multiple building lots utilizing provisions of Landscape Act and Contiguous Building Design System.
Tanaka received a Doctor of Architecture, a Master of Engineering in Architecture Degree and a Bachelor of Engineering in Architecture from Waseda University in Japan. He also received a Master of Architecture Degree from Yale University. He is a registered architect (1st class architect, Japan) and a registered architect in New York State, USA. He is a member of American Institute of Architects, and currently on a Board of Directors of Japan Chapter. He is also a member of design review committees in several local governments including Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Shibuya Ward and Fuchu City in Japan.
During the period Tanaka worked for Steven Holl Architects in New York City, Tanaka was involved in prominent award-winning projects such as KIASMA (Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland) and Makuhari Housing (Patios 11, Chiba, Japan). After the return to Japan, Tanaka established FORMS and completed various projects that were published widely. FORMS won Award of Merit in AIA Japan Design Award, 2008 and Exterior Award in the 9th Concours of Timber Utilization, 2006. Tanaka also won a 1st Prize in Design Competition for Development and Control of Urban Architecture that was conducted by Architectural Institute of Japan in 2005.