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About Sawako Kaijima : Sawako’s work investigates the integration of architectural, structural, and environmental knowledge to create a unique, efficient, and previously unattainable design. In pursuing these objectives, she develops computational design methods and artefacts employing computer simulation such as Finite Element Analysis and various digital fabrication technologies.

Since 2012, Sawako has held an appointment as Assistant Professor in Architecture and Sustainable Design at the Singapore University of Technology and Design. She has been at the forefront of investigating the question of how the integration of architectural aesthetics with engineering efficiency can be achieved through academic and applied research projects. She collaborates with various fields ranging from structural engineering, material science, to art and the work has been published and presented in international conferences and exhibitions including the National Design Centre, Singapore, Takashimaya Art Gallery, Japan, Architectural Association in London, UK, the World Architecture Festival in Barcelona, Spain, and the Beijing International Art Biennale in Beijing, China.

Sawako received a Master of Architecture degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Information from Keio University, Japan.
ORGANIZATION:
Singapore University of Technology and Design

EDUCATION:
2001-2005, Master of Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA
1995-1999 Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Information, Keio University, Tokyo, Japan

EXPERIENCE:
2012- Assistant Profesor, Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore
2006-2011 Computational researcher/consultant, Adams Kara Taylor, Consulting Civil and Structural Engineering, London, UK

PRIVATE EXHIBITIONS:
2016, "Evolving Joinery", Singapore National Design Center, Singapore

MIXED EXHIBITIONS:
2015, "The Next 50", Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore
2010, "Transformation", World Architecture Festival, Barcelona, Spain
2009, "Shanghai British Pavilion", Beijing International Art Biennale, Beijing, China
2009, "Work@AKT", Architecture Association, London, UK
2008, "Tensor Shade", Design and Computation Exhibition, Siggraph, CA, USA
2007 "tensor shade", Scriptedbypurpose, Philadelphia, PA, USA

AWARDS:
2016, Singapore Design Award, Spatial Award 2016, Singapore
2016, Singapore Good Design Mark Award, SG Mark Institution Award, Singapore
2014, INSIDE AWARD winner of the display category 2014, International
2012, The Best of Design in Engineering Award, American Society for Engineering Education (ACEE)

PRESS APPEARANCES:
2013, Architectural Design, Computational Fluid Dynamics for Architectural Design, 83.2, PP 118-123, UK
2011, Architectural Design, The Mathematics of Space, ISBN: 978-0-470-68980-6, UK

ACADEMIC PUBLICATIONS:
Selected publications related to the design:
2017, Functionally Graded Architectural Detailing using Multi-Material Additive Manufacturing, Proceedings of the 22nd CAADRIA Conference, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Suzhou, China, pp. 427-436
2016, A Design Oriented Computational Method to Fabricate Functionally Graded Design from Solid Finite Element Analysis Results, IASS, Spatial Structures in the 21st Century, Tokyo, Japan
2016 Integrating User-Defined Elements for Topologically Interlocking Joinery and Application in Large-Scale Structural Analysis, IASS, Spatial Structures in the 21st Century, Tokyo, Japan
2016, Parametric Finite Element Contact Analysis and Optimization for Topologically Interlocking Joinery Using Design of Experiments,
IASS 2016, Spatial Structures in the 21st Century, Tokyo, Japan

BOOKS:
2016, Design Engineering Refocused, "Architecture‐Engineering Interface", 62-75, John Wiley &Sons
2014, Shell Structure for Architecture, Chapter on Eigenshells: Structural pattern on modal forms, pp. 194-209 Routledge, ISBN-10: 0415840597

LANGUAGE SKILLS:
Japanese (native)
English (near native)

REGISTRATION DATE:
2017-02-28 14:22:04

COUNTRY:
Singapore

ACCOUNT TYPE:
Young

Awards received by Sawako Kaijima


Interlocking Table It Is a Small Coffee Table

Bronze A' Design Award Winner for Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category in 2016
Sawako Kaijima

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