Young Faculty:Associate Professor Satoshi Unno


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Associate Professor Satoshi Unno : Unno Lab, Department of Architecture


2006 B.Eng., Department of Architecture, The University of Tokyo
2008: M.Eng., Department of Architecture, The University of Tokyo
2009-2018: Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties
2018-: Associate professor, The University of Tokyo

<About the Research>
My research is to clarify architectural technology and design method of historical buildings by investigating and analyzing them through existing buildings, excavated remains, and documents and so on. I also conduct my research to pass on existing historical buildings and archaeological sites to the next generation.

・History of building maintenance
Many of the existing historic buildings have been repaired even before the early modern period and have been inherited to the current. In the example of the Great Buddha Hall at Todaiji Temple and the East Pagoda at Yakushiji Temple, refill sticks have been added, but there are only few previous studies about their maintenance. I regard such pre-modern building maintenance as a unique history and conduct research on the life cycle of buildings.

・Building Restoration and Reconstruction (RECONSTURUCTIONOLOGY)
Attempts to retrospectively build past architecture have been made throughout the history of Japanese architecture. In addition, restoration based on excavation information is being carried out at various archaeological sites. By considering this academically, not as a business, I aim to build a comprehensive academic field.

・International framework for the preservation and repair of wooden buildings
In Japan, a wooden building culture has been created based on abundant forest resources. In the continuous repair of the wooden building, consideration is given to using as many original materials as possible. It is extremely rare in the world to accumulate information through repair methods that pay attention to these parts and surveys at the time of repair, and it is a method of high academic value. On the other hand, securing wood for repair is a big issue. Therefore, beyond the framework of architecture, we are expanding our research to the history of trees and forests, and we are also looking at the environment in which historic buildings were built. Therefore, regarding the preservation and repair of wooden buildings, we are aiming to create a framework for international repair of wooden buildings while disseminating Japanese methods overseas.


<Future aspirations>
Japan is a region with good remaining historical buildings in the world and there is a large amount of research on wooden architecture. These research are based on architecture, literature history, archeology, art history, etc. thus this is Literary fusion research. I would like to continue to develop research that goes beyond the existing academic framework.

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