Shunyoso Special Lecture 2021.


November 21, 2021、Presented by Shunyoso Cultural Properties Preservation Association、
「Shima, Hito, Takara: Local Traditions, Legends, and daily life Revitalize Your City.―」
Yasuhiro Yamashita will give a lecture on the above topic.

This time, at Shunyoso, a nationally registered tangible cultural property in Awaji Island, we will be joined by residents who are thinking about revitalizing the Ushio area.
We would like to introduce our efforts in Amami and discuss new ideas with the audience.

<Outline of the lecture>

Sunday, November 21, 2021
Opening:10:00PM Start:10:30PM Closing:12:00PM
Admission: Adults 1,000 yen.
Children 500 yen.

Includes Awaji Island sweets and hojicha tea.
Priority for the first 20 people to receive the contract.

Shunyoso’s HP:

Reservation Form(External links)

【Awaji Island Kuniumi Association: 2021 Regional Revitalization Project】

We are sincerely looking forward to seeing you there.



Friday, November 29th, Lecture in Hitoyoshi City, Kumamoto Prefecture.

Yasuhiro Yamashita will give a lecture titled “Shima, Hito, Takara: Tradition and Cutting-Edge Technology Change the City” in Hitoyoshi City, Kumamoto Prefecture on November 29, 2019.

We would like to present ideas for the revitalization of the region and deepen discussions with the audience, ranging from the urban development practices of the Denpaku and Magun plazas that have been developed in Amami to the concept of supporting the livability of all people with advanced technologies such as AI and quantum computers while preserving the traditions and local characteristics.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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Lecture at the Architects’ Forum on Sunday, October 15.

Yasuhiro Yamashita, President of Atelier Tekoto, will give a lecture at the Architects’ Forum on Tuesday, October 15.
We look forward to seeing you there.

The following is reprinted from the announcement flyer of the Architects Forum.

<Shima, Hito, Takara>

In today’s Japan, where a declining birthrate, aging population, and the disappearance of rural areas are standard social and economic issues, architects are concentrating their activities in cities where there is a demand for their services, and are working in urban spaces that are already densely saturated.
On the other hand, architects and urban planners involved in urban development in rural areas are fighting daily for the revitalization of rural areas among stakeholders who sometimes have conflicting interests.

Yasuhiro Yamashita, as an architect, has created numerous masterpieces that express novel structures as the main elements of architectural spaces. As a result, I imagine that the public is beginning to think of RC architects as “Ato in the west and Yshita in the east.

Mr. Yamashita’s new challenge, the “Dendpaku” project, is attracting a lot of attention for sweeping away the image of such an architect.n this much-talked-about community development project in his hometown of Amami Oshima, Mr. Yamashita has transcended the realm of an architect and has become a stakeholder in the project, creating a new business model with a vision that expands daily to include lodging facilities, community centers, and elderly care facilities. He has inspired his colleagues around Japan to create a new image of architects as social architects, developers, and entrepreneurs.

In the October forum, Mr. Yamashita will present his activities and architectural examples that dispel the notion that architects are a profession and not a company, and give us hope that architects can realize their dream of “changing the world” in the true sense of the word. (George Kunihiro)

■ Lecture

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 Accepting begins at 6:30 p.m. Lecture begins at 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
【Reservation required Deadline:October11
※Please note that the opening time is different from the regular forum.

Speaker: Yasuhiro Yamashita, Architect, President, Atelier Tekuhto Inc.
Representative Director of Amami Innovation Co.

Interviewer: George Kunihiro (Secretary of Architects Forum / Architect)

■ Venue location

Ryogoku Building 10F, 4-31-17 Ryogoku, Sumida-ku, Tokyo, Japan TEL:03-6658-5720

Directions from major transportation. 3 minutes walk from the East Exit of Ryogoku Station on the JR Sobu Line.
3 minutes walk from Exit A4 of Ryogoku Station on the Toei Oedo Line.

Parking lots  No parking (There are private parking lots in the vicinity.)

Lecture Fee(Price includes refreshments.)
Members: Free Corporate members: (up to 3) Free
General visitors: 2,000 yen Students and graduate students: 1,000 yen

How to register for the lecture.

If you are a member of the Architects Forum, please make a reservation by using the dedicated fax application form or e-mail.

How to contact.

Please contact Shigesu or Akita at the Secretariat of the Architects Forum.
TEL: 03-6658-5720 FAX: 03-5600-7797
Contact information for the day.:070-1268-0110(Shigesu)

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国広 ジョージ くにひろ じょーじ
1960  年鹿児島県奄美市生まれ。1951  東京都生まれ(米国籍)
1986  芝浦工業大学大学院工学研究科建設工学修士課程修了1964  渡米
1991  山下海建築研究所設立1974  カリフォルニア大学バークレー校環境デザイン学部卒業
1995  事務所名をアトリエ・天工人(テクト)に改称、国内外で多くの建築賞を受賞。1976  ハーバード大学大学院デザインスクール修士修了、※アメリカで建築家として活動 (1976-1996)
2016  奄美の古民家を宿泊施設として再生させた「伝泊」を事業化1997  日本にて設計活動を開始
2018  地域包括コミュニティ施設「伝泊+まーぐん広場・赤木名」をオープン1998  国士舘大学工学部助教授
2019  5月新会社「伝泊+工芸」を設立し、アートと宿泊、食を軸とした地域づくりを全国で精力的に続けている
2001  東京大学大学院工学系研究科建築学専攻博士課程単位取得退学
2003  国士舘大学工学部(2007年4月より理工学部)教授
2006  日本建築家協会(JIA)副会長
2011  アルカシア(ARCASIAアジア建築家評議会)会長[2011-2012]
2011  清華大学客員教授 [中国] (2011-現在)
  日本建築家協会(JIA)、日本建築学会(AIJ) などでも広く活動。

Lecture in Fukuoka on September 13 (Fri).


On Friday, September 13, from 7:00 p.m. at GarrawayF, Toyota Kyushu’s coworking space in Fukuoka, Yasuhiro Yamashita will talk about a new concept that has evolved from Denpaku.

The title of the event is “Shima, Hito, Takara: Tradition and Cutting-Edge Technology will change the city.

Denpaku began with the renovation of traditional houses, but what will happen when AI, automated driving and cashless functions are added!

We would like to have a talk session with three panelists who are experts in the latest technologies, and discuss new ideas with the audience. Please come and join us.

To register, please visit the following URL.

Study Trip from Uruguay 2019

Saturday June 22, architecture students and fresh graduates from Uruguay’s public university, University of the Republic, visited two of our projects, “Boltun” and “Magritte’s”, and then came over to our office to have a glimpse of an architecture studio in Tokyo. Our vice president Mizukami, a born entertainer, showed them around refreshing his Spanish skills as well.

Every year since 1944, between 250 and 300 students make an 8-month study trip around the world to visit and get acquainted with places, cultures, cities and buildings that are essential from the architectural viewpoint. According to what Mizukami heard, funds for this trip are raised by selling “architecture lottery tickets”. It would be great if we had similar educational programs in Japan.

Three years ago, we introduced our residential project “MONOCLINIC” for this program for the first time.
We hope the visits had been inspirational and instructive for the participants!

Lecture at Boltun’s 3rd floor reception space

Boltun, 2nd floor

All smiles in front of “Magritte’s”

“Magritte’s”, build with prestressed concrete

Studio visit at TEKUTO

【media】R-torso-C in GQ France

R-torso-C, designed by Yasuhiro “Hiro” Yamashita x Atelier TEKUTO appears in the latest issue (May 2019, No.130) of GQ France. Shot by photographer Takashi Homma, models suited up in Louis Vuitton by Virgil Abloh (who studied architecture at Illinois Tech) poses in front of structures such as Kenzo Tange’s Metabolist works and the new Tokyo Stadium still under construction. We are honored to see our project representing Tokyo among other characteristic pieces of architecture and scenery.


【media】A Feature on Yamashita in Chinese Magazine “di设计新潮”

A 44-page feature on Yasuhiro “Hiro “ Yamashita and six of his urban home projects appears in the latest issue of “di 设计新潮 “(2019 March: ISBN 978-7-5103-2777-3), a Chinese architecture / design magazine.

The following houses appear in the feature:
Cell Bricks
Lucky Drops
Reflection of Mineral

To our delight, we have been receiving more and more inquiries from Chinese media, however, this is the longest and most comprehensive feature on Yamashita in a Chinese magazine to date. We would greatly appreciate to have more of our works introduced to China.



【media】R・torso・C on BBC World News

Our micro-house project ‘R・torso・C’ will appear in the BBC World News program ‘Leading Cities – Tokyo’. TEKUTO’s vice president Kenji Mizukami talked about our methods to make the most of limited space, in place of principal architect Yasuhiro Yamashita who was out of town on the filming day. The program will be aired several times, starting tomorrow.



“ZIPPED – Space in small Japanese houses”

Four of TEKUTO’s micro-homes are featured in “ZIPPED – El espacio en pequeñas casas japonesas Space in small Japanese houses,” by Bernardo Martin, architect and Associate Professor at the School of Architecture, Design and Urbanism of Montevideo, Uruguay.
Prof. Martin visited some of TEKUTO’s projects with his students back in 2016.

Our projects included in this book are as follows:
Layers (
Magritte’s (
Reflection of Mineral (
R・torso・C (

We are delighted to be part of this impressive collection of 80 Japanese micro-homes with newly drawn floor plans and axonometric drawings.