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Professor Tomoaki Tanaka

Tomoaki Tanaka is Professor of Department of Architecture at Meiji University since 2013 and has been active in education and research after being an Associate Professor from 2008 and a Visiting Lecturer from 1999. He served as a Deputy Director of the Headquarters of International Collaboration from 2012 to 2016 and served as a President’s Staff from 2016 to 2020 in Meiji University. He is also a principal of FORMS, an architectural design firm. His most recent research and practice focus on architectural design, site design, and architectural planning especially for housing and space for learning.

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 1st class registered architect in 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 serves as 2021 AIAJ Vice President and has been elected for 2022 AIAJ President. In field of architectural education, He serves as a Chair of JABEE Canberra Accord Committee. 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 from 1992 to 1996, Tanaka was involved in prominent award-winning projects such as KIASMA (Museum ofContemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland) and Makuhari Housing (Patios 11, Chiba, Japan). After the return to Japan, Tanaka established FORMS in 1997 and completed various projects that were published widely. Tanaka won Honorable Mention of in AIA Japan Design Award in 2018 and Award of Merit in AIA Japan Design Award in 2008. 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.