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Tetsuki Nakakura

Doctor of Engineering/First-class architect

Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture, Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo


2008.03: Graduated from Kaijo Private Junior and Senior High School (Awarded the Amano Award, School Award, Unabara Association Award, Merit Award, Perfect Attendance Award, and National Book Review Suntory Encouragement Award)

2012.03: Graduated from the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Tokyo

2015.03: Graduated from the Master's course at the Department of Architecture, Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo, Chiba Manabu Laboratory

2022.09: Graduated from Doctoral Program in Architecture at the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Engineering, Chiba Manabu Laboratory

Working Experience

2012.08 - 2013.02 OMA Rotterdam | Intern

2013.08 - 2013.10 KUMA & ASSOCIATES EUROPE | Intern

2015.04 - 2019.11 Takenaka Corporation Design Department | Tokyo Main Branch Design Department (Cultural and Commercial Facilities, Hotels)

2020.04 - Advisor of Tetsuki Nakakura Architecture and Urban Design, Inc.

2022.10 - Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture, Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo

2023.02 - Advisor of Japan BIM Standard Organization, Inc.

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Architectural works

2020.03: WITH HARAJUKU, While working at Takenaka Corporation (collaborating with Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects), Store, exhibition hall, apartment building, 26,638.55㎡, B1F 10F, S+SRC | Competition basic design

2018.05: Tokyo Bay Tokyu Hotel, Takenaka Corporation, accommodation facility, 39,102.09㎡, B1 F18 P2, S(CFT)+RC | Basic design stage - detailed design - site supervision

2018.02: Ginza Morita Building, while working at Takenaka Corporation, retail store, restaurant, office, 1,075.21㎡, B1 F8, S+RC | Detailed design - site supervision

Other projects include Mitsui Fudosan Hakone Kowakudani Hotel project (ongoing/basic design - early stage of detailed design), Daimaru Shinsaibashi store reconstruction project (2015/competition awarded), Mukogawa Women's University kindergarten renovation (2015/furniture and sign planning), Premist Kitasenri Classy (2015/site management), etc.

Currently, we are working on a new detached house in Sunto District, Shizuoka Prefecture (scheduled for completion in November 2022), a new detached house in Kita Ward, Tokyo, and renovations to the lighting in the main hall of a temple in Tokyo.

The company is also participating in part of the Tojinbo redevelopment plan in Sakai City, Fukui Prefecture.

*Due to confidentiality reasons, we only list projects that are publicly available on the web, etc. Please contact us for other achievements.


2021.05: Winner of the Excellent Design Award in the Professional Division of the "Business Proposal Competition for Utilizing the Former Kinoshita Residence" in Nichinan Town, Tottori Prefecture

2021.03: Finalist in the Tokyo University "(tentative name) Akamon Waki Toilet" design competition

2019 Lighting Good Practice Award from the Illuminating Engineering Institute of Japan

2019 Japan Paint Manufacturers Association 21st Good Painting Color New Construction Category Grand Prize

2018 Japan Sign Design Association SDA Award Bronze Award

2015.03: Tokyo Architecture Collection 2015 Master's Thesis Exhibition, Hasemi Yuji Award

2012.03: Tatsuno Award and Condor Award (Best Graduation Design Award, Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, University of Tokyo)

2012.03: Ito Chuta Award (Best Graduation Thesis Award, Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, University of Tokyo)

Numerous other awards

Other research activities, journal publications, etc.

2022.05: The Architectural Institute of Japan Journal of Planning and Planning, November 2022, Vol. 87, No. 801 has been accepted.

(Lead author) Tono Nakakura Co-authors) Manabu Chiba, Yurika Yokoyama, Yoshiyuki Tanaka "Quantitative analysis of streetscape perception according to travel mode - Construction of an Isovist analysis model considering changes in visual field caused by travel and its application"

2022.03: A paper entitled "Quantitative analysis of streetscape perception according to differences in travel modes - Construction and application of an Isovist analysis model that takes into account changes in field of view associated with travel" was presented at the 9th Basic Planning Research Conference jointly held by planning laboratories from the University of Tokyo, Ochanomizu University, Tokyo Denki University, Toyo University, Japan Women's University, Hosei University, and other universities.

June 2021: Provided technical support and lectures on Rhinoceros + Grasshopper to AKKI SHIRAKAWA, the hair stylist in charge of Lady Gaga's wigs, for product development (comb design).

November 2020: Participated in the "Fukuoka International Architecture Competition" as a representative of laboratory members, proposing a form of mobility in the seaside area with the theme of living and working close to each other.

2020.02: We created continuous elevation panoramic photographs at ultra-high resolution of 100,000 pixels wide for representative streets in six cities: Ginza, Omotesando, Shibuya, Marunouchi-Hibiya, Akihabara, and Daikanyama, and self-published them. We conducted a technical experiment that attempted to observe the city by digitally changing the scale, from the equal spacing of architectural volumes to tile joints and advertisements.

2016.08-11/2017.08-11: Participated in the Harvard GSD+Ito Architecture School+Takenaka Corporation Joint Studio as representative of Takenaka. Lectured on the origins of Japanese cities, planned and led city walks and construction site visits.

2015.07: His master's thesis, "Study on the streetscape in Manhattan - Street rhythms and district characteristics viewed as a series of microscopic relationships," was published in the Official Book of the Tokyo Architecture Collection 2015.

July 2014: Participated in the international competition Vertical Cities Asia: International Design Competition and Symposium 2014, sponsored by the National University of Singapore, as a representative team from the University of Tokyo, and proposed an urban plan for Mumbai, India. The proposal was published in the official book.

May 2013: Gave a presentation on long-term internship activities overseas at the 3rd International Architecture and Urban Studies Student Forum hosted by Meiji University.

Qualifications, software skills, etc.

・Specializes in parametric design using Rhinoceros + Grasshopper, environmental simulation, physical simulation, multivariate optimization using genetic algorithms, etc., and practices this in his work.

・Has a deep practical understanding of the collaboration between 2D CAD (AutoCAD) and BIM (Revit, ArchiCAD), and currently regularly exchanges information with BIM professionals.

- In addition to perspective drawings, it is possible to create presentations using videos and VR, allowing for closer communication with clients.

・ Possesses advanced photography and retouching techniques using shift lenses, circular polarizing filters, etc., and is able to take his own construction completion photos.

- It is possible to model the site and surrounding blocks using photogrammetry and laser measurements.

・Able to communicate in English at a practical level. Responsible for negotiating design, costs, schedules, etc. with foreign hotel operators, as well as contract negotiations with overseas interior designers.

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