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Release date:2020.02.10

Research on the forms of dwellings that intertwine relationships between people

SHIRAISHI Rei

Assistant Professor
Graduate School of Sciences and Technology for Innovation
Yamaguchi University

  • 2014 Graduated from the Department of Environmental Design, School of Design/
  • 2016 Completed the Master’s Program at the Department of Design Strategy, Graduate School of Design/
  • 2019 Completed the Doctoral Program at the Department of Design Strategy, Graduate School of Design/
  • 2015 - 2017 Overseas exchange at Ecole nationale supérieure d'architecture de Paris la Villette (ENSAPLV)/
  • 2017 - 2019 Overseas study at ETH Zürich/
  • 2017 - 2019 Research Fellow at Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Research Fellow/
  • 2019 - Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Sciences and Technology for Innovation, Yamaguchi University/
Related department, course
  • Department of Design Strategy
  • Department of Environmental Design

My current job

As a member of faculty at Yamaguchi University, I conduct education and research activities concerning urban planning, architectural planning and architectural design. Topics include low-income housing provision in Europe and Southeast Asia, and public housing in Japan. Homes create a community by creating family relationships, relationships between families, and larger coherence of those relationships, creating a local community. We research from various cases how to design environments in order to forge strong relationships between people, and what kind of space and design is required for that, and in practice we hold workshops and design activities.

How I spent my student life

At GEIKO, I went round and round over ideas without end, such as whether something is interesting or uninteresting, new or not new, significant or not, why it is so, or why it is not, it being neither this way or that, and created various things. Each day was filled with creativity, and I was happy to spend my college life on the unfettered and beautiful Ohashi campus.

Message for prospective students

If you are interested in design, interested in architecture, wish to design things to help someone in society, and play an active role internationally, do consider including the Department of Environmental Design as an admissions destination. It's the best place to achieve a living, working in a creative and interesting job, while learning techniques useful for people and for the world.