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Professor, Graduate School of Media and Governance

hiroto (@)

Office Hours
Spring semester: Tuesday 11:30-13:00(Mori Atelier)

Current Research Theme
Within a broader theme of developing sustainable communities in cities and suburbs, current research focuses on the relationships between communities and the physical characteristics of spaces.

Activities in Asia and Africa
Through an architectural/urban preservation renewal project in Mek'ele, Ethiopia, we gained an understanding of the country’s way of life and helped to develop a healthy renewal of its urban forms and its architecture.
We are searching for ideal forms in the context of rapidly changing urban spaces through the advancement of several urban development projects in Chinese cities (Beijing, Shanghai, Shenyang, Tsingtao, Changzhou, Wuxi, Hangzhou, etc.)

Applied Environmental Design (Architectural & Landscape Design), Applied Environmental Desing (Synthesis), Field Workshop for Environmental Design, Building Technology, Project: Urban Remodelling Design, Special Seminar on Environmental Design 1/2

Q & A

What fields of study do you supervise?
Environmental Design, Community Development
What type of students do you expect?
Students with ambition who are willing to face problems with a positive outlook.
What inspired you to begin research in your field?
A fascination with creative activities was my inspiration to start architectural design, which later extended to the fields of urban design and community design.
What kind of social contribution do you make through your research?
The “hardware”, or physical side, of urban design often overlooks the highly sensitive and fragile communities they contain. In our research, we believe that a healthy community is possible only when both sides of the equation are adequately considered. Our research considers various theories and practices that encompass both hard and soft aspects, to be used in the development of comfortable cities and communities.
Any messages for prospective Environmental Innovators?
The places where we are born and live are unique to each person, every creature. Wherever it is, such places become an important home for us all and inform our thoughts and actions. By understanding the importance of their surroundings, and of the natural environment, Environmental Innovators are expected to develop into professional specialists who will be able to take on a variety of environmental problems.

Publication in the past five years


  • City Planning Institute of Japan; International Symposium on Urban Planning ‘A Study in How Residents' Territorial Recognition and Neighborhood Social Structure Relate to Spatial Understanding in a Traditional City - A Case Study on Shinmonzen Street in Kyoto- ’ (October 1998; Pages 287-296), written by Hiroto Kobayashi and Junzo Munemoto
  • Third International Symposium on Asia Pacific Architecture ‘Using Fuzzy Logic to Comprehend Residents' Thoughts of Living in a Traditional Section of Kyoto’ (April 1999) written by Hiroto Kobayashi
  • Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Doctor of Design (Doctoral Dissertation)
  • ‘Cho: A Persistent Neighborhood Unity for Maintaining Microculture in Japanese Cities –Analyzing the Relationship between Social Structure and Urban Form’ (March 2003)


  • CASE: Toyo Ito Sendai Mediatheque (Joint Editorship and Joint Authorship) | ‘Processing Incompletion’, Prestell/Harvard Design School | 2002
  • Tokyo Revival (Tokyo Inner City Project) (Joint Authorship) | “Genius Loci of Edo / Tokyo” | Gakugei Publishing | 2003
  • Works of Young Architects from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design/Japan 1999 (Editorship, Joint Authorship) | 1999