University of Tokyo - Department of Architecture

Takeshi Ito

Prof Takeshi Ito

Ito laboratory’s main interest is centered on the history of urban and architectural spaces, particularly Japanese historical cities and their architectural compositions.

Along with empirical studies based on historical documents, old maps, visual materials etc., we also practice field works concerning conservation and revitalization of urban spaces. These activities are basically focused on the traditional cities in Japan, but in this fifteen years since laboratory’s establishment we went also to the countries overseas, including Asia, Europe and North-America.

From the standpoint of our Architectural History conception, architecture is seen as an element of urban composition. Our aim is to redefine and reevaluate the histories of urban architectural artifacts such as residential, religious or public buildings in the contexts of the city’s historical metamorphosis.