University of Tokyo - Department of Architecture

Ryouma Kitagaki


1) Building Materials Design Engineering
In today’s world, building materials are newly developed every year and they have some new properties as their own characteristics, which are introduced for creating various architectural spaces. Building materials design engineering is a discipline to arrange and optimize compositions of building materials based on building material science for achieving complex performances required in architectural spaces. It also mitigates unintentional problems caused by compositional complexity and misunderstandings of building materials. Developing methodologies for creating innovative architectural spaces considering building performance in service (e.g. visual appearance, mechanical performance, physiological usability, and durability) as well as building performance in terms of lifecycle (e.g. maintainability, decomposability and recyclability) are important concerns in this engineering discipline.
2) Building Materials Science
Ubiquitous building materials are generally fabricated by primitive production processes. We are now developing innovative materials consisting of the same elementary composition of classic building materials but enhancing possibilities and diversities of architectural design through reviewing the production processes of building materials based on material science. For example, we are now developing
cementitious membranes, inorganic fibers, nano capsule clusters, non-baking bricks and recyclable ceramics which target introducing thin shape formation, surface modification, and other brand-new functions into building materials to create architectural space design through innovative building materials.