Archisan | About



Archisan is an architecture and urban design studio based in Tokyo, established in 2012, creates architecture, urban design, art and furniture.

Archisan collaborates with leading specialists in a variety of fields to bring innovation in environmental, social and spiritual design.

Tomohisa Miyauchi

Tomohisa Miyauchi received his Bachelor of Architecture with distinction from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in 2000, and Master in Architecture in 2004 from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University (GSD). At GSD, Tomohisa joined a social housing project/studio under Alejandro Aravena in Santiago, Chile. While taking a year off, he was an intern at Toyo Ito & Associates, working on numerous projects including the prestigious design competition for the CCTV tower in Beijing, China.


Tomohisa had design studio education under Greg Walsh (Partner, Frank Gahry), Jim Stafford (Partner, Morphosis), Roger Sherman, Eric A. Kahn, Tom Wiscombe, Neal Denari, Mark McVay (OMA), Michael Speaks, Jeffrey Inaba, Alejandro Aravena, Rafael Moneo, Rick Joy, Toshiko Mori (Material Study), Yoshiharu Tsukamoto & Momoyo Kaijima (Teaching Assistant for them at GSD).


Tomohisa set up the architectural partnership ISSHO in Tokyo shortly after graduating from Sci-Arc and was responsible for the design of a host of built projects relating to art, furniture, interior design and Architecture in Tokyo and Shanghai. In 2010, he was selected as one of the 20 emerging designers in “JAPAN DESIGN+” by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) of Japan.
Currently, Tomohisa is a senior lecturer at National University of Singapore, Department of Architecture, conducting design studio and lectures. His teaching and research areas include; Architectural Practice as Entrepreneurship and Experimentation, Contemporary Architectural Theory, and Curation in Architecture.

Academic/Professional Qualifications:

-First-class Registered Architect, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Japan
-AIA, American Institute of Architects, Registered Architect, New York State, USA
-M. Arch, Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD), Cambridge, USA, 2004
-B. Arch, Graduation with Distinction, Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), Los Angeles, USA, 2000


Design Awards/Honours:

-Good Design Award 2017, Japan. HDB: Homes of Singapore, 2017

-Japan Design+, 20 Emerging Designers, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) Japan, 2010
-Good Design Award 2010, Japan. KKM3, 2010
-JCD Design Award Best 100, Japanese Commercial Designers Association, YUFUTOKU, 2010
-The 13th Annual Japan Lumbermen’s Association Awards, YUFUTOKU, 2010
-GREEN DOT Awards, 3rd Prize, INAKA Villa, 2008
-50 New Architects of the World, Wallpaper*, UK, 2008


Career History:

-Senior Lecturer, Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore, 2013-Current
-Founder, Archisan, Tokyo, Japan, 2012-Current
-Senior Editor, Architecture and Urbanism (a+u), Tokyo, Japan, 2007­-Current
-Founding Partner, ISSHO, Tokyo, Japan, 2002­-2012
-Associate Designer, Moore Ruble Yudell Architects and Planners, Santa Monica, USA, 2004­-2006
-Intern, Toyo Ito and Associates, Tokyo, Japan, 2002


Administrative Leadership:

-Co-curator, Pavilion of Singapore at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, 2016

-Curator, Japan Architecture Internship Workshop Program, Japan Creative Centre Embassy of Japan in Singapore, 2014-2015

-Jury, The ULI Asia Pacific Awards, The Urban Land Institute, 2009-2011
-Member, The Young Leaders Group, The Urban Land Institute, Japan, 2006-2011
-Organizer, AsiaGSD, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, 2002-2004


Major Exhibitions:

-Pavilion of Singapore at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, 2016

-ABILIA Edutainment Park Fire Station, Shanghai EXPO, China, 2010

-Machinic Processes, Architectural Biennial Beijing, China, 2010
-Flow of the Modern Architecture of Japan, Exhibition, Argentina, 2009
-Asian Body, BTAP 798 Art District, Beijing, China, 2007


Major Publications:

-Editor in Chief , Vertical Cities Asia, Volume 5, Everyone Contributes, ISBN:978­-9-­810-­95994-­4, 2016

-Chief Editor, Past Wisdom in Future Design, CASA, Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore, ISBN:9-789810-969950, 2015

-Editor in Chief , Vertical Cities Asia, Volume 4, Everyone Connects, ISBN:978­-9-­810-­95994-­4, 2015

-Editorial Adviser, ‘Innovating the Hub ­Ecosystem for Healthy, Strategic Growth Singapore Sports Hub’, Architecture and Urbanism (A+U) Asia Edition, ISBN:978­-981-­09­4724-­8, 2015

-Editor in Chief , Vertical Cities Asia, Volume 3, Everyone Harvests, ISBN:978-9-810-91116-4, 2014
-Chief Editor, Singapore, Capital City for Vertical Green, a+u, special issue 12:07, ISBN:978-981-07-2215-9, 2012
-Contributor, Rudolf Steiner and Architecture, TIERKREIS, August 2010
-Chief Editor, a+u, special issue 09:08, Architectural Transformation via BIM, August 2009
-Chief Editor, a+u, 08:02 449, Global Strategies in Architecture, February 2008



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