Title| Material : Inter-disciplinary Research and Design

Speaker| Sawako Kaijima, Assistant Professor of Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Date| 1 August 2018 (Wednesday)

Time| 1400 – 1500

Venue| Think Tank 22, Building 2, Level 3 (2. 311)



Interdisciplinary research has gained interest in recent years due to its creative potential to solve complex problems through the integration of diverse perspectives. Knowledge integration across fields, though, is hindered due to different languages, value sets, and frames of reference used in individual domains. On the other hand, computation / computational thinking is becoming a common language across fields today that can facilitate new forms of communication and collaboration.

In the context, we will present a series of research and design projects between architecture and engineering focusing on our conflicting perceptions towards “material” and our approach to developing a common understanding/goal. We will discuss challenges in technical and technological connectivity, issues of communication and control, and approach to revisiting knowledge embedded in crafts from the pre-industrial age in light of post-industrial information technology.



Sawako Kaijima is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Shutzer Assistant Professor at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study. Prior to joining Harvard, she held an appointment at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) and London based structural engineering consultancy, Adams Kara Taylor. She received a Master of Architecture degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Information from Keio University, Japan.