Purpose of Establishment

The concepts of architecture and the city, which have existed since the beginning of the history of technological civilization as the consciousness with which humans artificially construct their environment, are now being reconsidered in light of the significant impact that rapidly expanding and evolving information technology is having on industry, lifestyle, and society. In the decades since the advent of the computer, the numerical and symbolic information processing and the series acceleration of communication have not only had an enormous impact on the design work, production technology, operation management, and usage of all kinds of artifacts, but also the value and meaning of the experience, creation, and construction of the environment by the human body has begun to be replaced by the flow of information, both virtual and real, for architecture and the city. It is beginning to replace the flow of virtual and real information, and it is reaching deep and fundamental questions such as what is the role of architecture and cities in society, what is the creative act of humans in creating artifacts, and what is the perception of space and environmental information for humans.

Informatics is defined as "the study of the principles and techniques involved in the generation, exploration, expression, storage, management, recognition, analysis, transformation, and transmission of information, with the aim of bringing meaning and order to the world and creating social value through information," and is expected to play a role in reorganizing existing academic systems from an information perspective across disciplines It has been expected to play a role in reconstructing the existing academic systems from the viewpoint of information. We believe that the starting point of architectural informatics is to have this informatics perspective and to be aware of the reconfiguration of knowledge and value systems occurring at a deeper level, rather than the superficial use of information technology.

There, the structural changes in urban socioeconomics due to innovations in information technology and the industrialization of virtual spatial experience creation and other expanding new fields have a strong continuity and mutuality as a constructed consciousness with spatial-environmental character. Reconstructing it from an informatics perspective will greatly facilitate linkages with various scientific findings and industrial developments that share a common informatics foundation. Architecture-related fields have intellectual accumulation accumulated over the long history of mankind and are rooted in existing industries, economies, cultures, and societies. This is why architectural informatics has the centripetal force that enables the fusion of diverse and advanced theories, technologies, and industries related to information, and has the potential to lead to scientific development that overturns and expands conventional wisdom through interdisciplinary exchange.

Progress to Date

Prior to the launch of the Society, there was an accumulation of discussions. It was not until the summer of 2017 that the potential concept began to take shape. One of the starting points was the regular meetings of volunteer members who are at the forefront of practice and research.

And in the December 2017 issue of the "10+1 website" (operated by LIXIL Publications, which will no longer be updated in March 2020), which deals with architectural and urban discussions and critiques, a feature article entitled "TheGo to Building Informaticswas published.

Subsequently, a total of six public events were held over the course of a year for further discussion with experts in other fields. All records are available in the series "Preparatory Meeting of the Architectural Institute of JapanThe conference is open to the public as a Each meeting provided stimulating topics and was attended by a total of more than 1,000 people, which was a great boost to the launch of this conference.

Activities of the Society

In fiscal year 2021, the first year after the establishment of the JABEE, the main focus will be on start-up work to form the framework of the JABEE's projects. It is envisioned that the main pillars of the projects will be structured as follows, and that expert committees will be established to play a central role in planning and operation, and that members will be invited to participate in these committees.

Academic Activities
Peer review and publication of academic papers (online journals)
Research promotion activities and dissemination (conferences and specialized subcommittee meetings, online magazine)
Databasing, aggregation and archiving (active data generation platform, editing, aggregation, search)
transfer (phone call)
Exchange Activities
Daily communication and networking
(SNS for members, online news)
Introduction and dissemination of people and practice activities
(Building Information Institute Channel, online magazine)
Planning and organizing exchange events
(Thematic lectures and symposia, matching)
Nurturing Activities
Learning opportunities and know-how sharing
(workshops, webinars, hackathons, learning groups)
Advanced Skills and Certification and Archiving
(courses, technical seminars, camps)
Providing expertise and know-how
(Advisory, Consulting)

Organization & Committees

permanent (exhibit) Academic Activities Committee
permanent (exhibit) Nurturing Activities Committee
permanent (exhibit) Exchange Activities Committee
permanent (exhibit) Research and Activities Committee
permanent (exhibit) International Activities Committee
permanent (exhibit) Finance and General Affairs Committee
extraordinary Committee for Election Administration


chairman Yasushi Ikeda Project Professor, Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Tokyo
vice president (of a club or organization, organisation) Keisuke Toyoda Project Professor, Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo
NOIZ Architect,.
vice president (of a club or organization, organisation) Kazuya Shide Professor, Shibaura Institute of Technology
delegate Yuko Ishizu Representative of GEL Corporation
delegate Takesen Ito Director and COO, Hololab Inc.
delegate Akiyoshi Inasaka Associate Professor, Department of Design Science, Faculty of Creative Engineering, Chiba Institute of Technology
delegate Mizuki Oka Associate Professor, University of Tsukuba
delegate Takashi Kasuya Takenaka Corporation
Digital Architecture and Design Center, Information-technology Promotion Agency, Japan
chief architect
delegate So Sugita Associate Professor, Hiroshima Engineering University
delegate Satoshi Sugihara ATLV Representative
delegate Keiichiro Taniguchi Project Associate Professor, The University of Tokyo
Studio Nora
delegate Takeuchi Kazuo Unity Technologies Japan K.K.
Senior Solutions Enginee
delegate Satoshi Yamada Associate Professor, Ritsumeikan University
supervisor Masanori Nagashima Informatics Corporation
supervisor Shuichi Matsumura Senior Research Fellow and Professor, Research Institute, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waseda University