- Access Map to the AIJ Building, Tokyo
- Major Activities
- Research Promotion (Research Committees, Annual Convention)
- Information Services (Journals & Transactions, Publications, Library Services, AIJ Home Page)
- Cultural and Educational Projects (Symposia, Field Studies and Exhibitions, Lectures, Design Competitions, Exhibition of Graduation Design Work)
- Prizes (AIJ Prizes)
- Others (International Exchanges, Proposals & Statements, Management of the AIJ Building)
- Organization (Officers, Secretariat & Chapters, Research Committees)
- Annual Budget
- Basic Documents
- Architects and Building Engineers related to AIJ
Introduction to the Architectural Institute of Japan
Founded in 1886, the Architectural Institute of Japan (AIJ) has promoted the advancement and development of science, technology and art concerning architecture, with the mutual collaboration of its members. It was originally established as an institute for architects, with 26 founding architects. Mr. Josiah Conder, a British architect invited to teach at the Technical College in Tokyo (present the University of Tokyo) as a Professor of Architecture by the government, was elected as Honorary President of the Institute. The Institute was authorized by the Ministry of Education and changed its name to the Architectural Institute in 1905 and to the Architectural Institute of Japan in 1947. AIJ celebrated its centennial in 1986.
AIJ is an academic association with about 35,000 members. It is not a governmental organization but a non-profit organization for architects, building engineers and researchers in every field of architecture. AIJ publishes results of research and studies and spreads architectural culture through its programs such as exhibitions, symposia and distributes architectural information to the public. The main purpose of the Institute is to cultivate its members' abilities and to heighten architectural quality in Japan. Front-line researchers, officers of other architectural associations and officials of government and other public offices also are members of AIJ. AIJ liaises with universities and other research institutes. As the sole integrated institute in the field of architecture, AIJ has made an important contribution to the development of science, technology and art. There are many associations for architects, building engineers, general contractors, and building materials and equipment corporations in Japan. Among these associations, AIJ has been the most prestigious academic association.
AIJ organizes nationwide activities for its members. AIJ has nine chapters by dividing Japan into the following nine regions -- Hokkaido, Tohoku, Kanto, Tokai, Hokuriku, Kinki, Chugoku, Shikoku and Kyushu -- for activities to meet the detailed needs of each chapter. AIJ owns its head office building equipped with a library, a hall and conference rooms for members at the center of Tokyo.
Access Map to the AIJ Building, Tokyo
Holistic research activities
AIJ has conducted cross-sectional front-line research and studies covering broad areas of the field of architecture and building engineering because of its consisting of researchers of every sector and reflecting their whole range of expertise. This is one of the strong points of AIJ and also shows our policy. In other words, AIJ aims to study architecture synthesizing the knowledge of broad areas of the field of architecture and building engineering such as building structures and materials, architectural planning and design, environmental engineering, and architectural history and theory. AIJ recognizes that global and local issues of our environment and sustainable development require a holistic approach. Thus AIJ aims to conduct holistic, integral and collaborative research learning from experience and emphasizing architecture, which balances design and technology, and natural environment and city design and planning as a sole integrated institute in the field of architecture.
Activities for the public
A reconnaissance team consisting of specialists of various fields is organized when damage investigation is needed in the case of disasters, and the results are also generally released widely and proposals for disaster mitigation for the future are submitted to the government. High concern has been shown also in the preservation of historical buildings over many years. The Modern Architecture : Inventory of pre-1945 Cultural Properties in Japan was published. If demolition of those buildings becomes a problem, preservation requests have been submitted. Many buildings are saved and there are also buildings later specified as important cultural properties of Japan. AIJ strives for such buildings. AIJ also conducts the following activities for the public:
- Encourage policies and practices that promote environmental responsibility and awareness and the principles of conservation and sustainable development AIJ in June 2000 enacted the "Architectural Charter for a Global Environment."
- Set committees on international exchange as Japan's contact points for international architectural academic exchanges
- Spread Japanese architectural culture to the public
- Distribute outcomes of research and studies and architectural information to the public
- Organize open symposia, seminars and lectures about architecture for citizens in general and set up committees for them
Research Committees of AIJ, about 600 sub-committees and working groups under the 16 standing research committees, promote research activities, and more than 8,000 members participate in committee activities. About 2,500 committee meetings are held annually. Special Research Committees carry out research contracts awarded to AIJ by municipal governments, public corporations and enterprises. The results of the research and work are published in the form of reports, technical standards, specifications and textbooks and presented in symposia and lectures not only to its members but also those who are related to architectural professions and members of the general public interested in architecture.
AIJ provides 10 meeting rooms for various committee meetings within the AIJ building, but it is not equipped with any testing or research facilities of its own. The technical activities, such as the publication of design standards and guidelines, as well as research reports, are strictly based on the voluntary research efforts of individual members. AIJ provides some funding to each technical committee. A major part of the funding is normally used to pay nominal travel expenses for out-of-town committee members. Committee members are not paid for their contributions to committee activities.
The Annual Convention is held for three days in autumn and is hosted by local chapters in turn. During the convention, over 6,000 technical papers are presented. More than 9,000 members and non-members generally register at each convention. At the Annual Convention the latest studies, findings and information are exchanged through technical sessions, panel discussions, lectures and exhibitions.
Events organized by AIJ under joint auspices of other related organizations
AIJ holds symposia and other various events under joint auspices of other related organizations both in and outside of Japan.
Journals & Transactions
of Architecture and Building Science: a
monthly publication of about 140 pages
AIJ monthly issues the Journal of Architecture and Building Science for members to spread its stock of knowledge and information to all of the members. The journal has been one of the most prestigious integrated architectural journals with various topics and articles in the Japanese architectural society.
of AIJ: monthly issues containing technical
and research papers
AIJ publishes three kinds of transactions monthly. Journal of Structural and Construction Engineering, Journal of Architecture and Planning, and Journal of Environmental Engineering. The Editorial Committee on Research Transactions together with a group of experts strictly reviews each paper presented in the transactions before publication.
Architectural Designs of the Architectural
Institute of Japan: an extra issue of the Journal
of Architecture and Building Science
The Selected Architectural Designs of the Architectural Institute of Japan contains information on about 100 architectures recently constructed in Japan and selected by the Editorial Committee on the Selected Architectural Designs of AIJ
Journal of Technology and Design:
The AIJ Journal of Technology and Design contains information on architectural technology recently developed in Japan and selected by the Editorial Committee on AIJ Journal of Technology and Design
of Technical Papers of Annual Meeting:
The Summaries of Technical Papers of Annual Meeting contain the proceedings of more than 6,000 technical papers presented during the Annual Convention and available in both print and DVD.
of Asian Architecture and Building Engineering (JAABE):
JAABE is a biannual international journal, serving researchers in academic and research organizations and all practitioners in the building sector. The journal is published by the Architectural Institute of Japan, in cooperation with the Architectural Society of China and the Architectural Institute of Korea.
AIJ publishes technical standards, specifications for designing and constructing professions, results of the Research Committees' studies, terminology dictionaries, textbooks for school, slides, videotapes, and even books for the public.?
AIJ offers complete library services exclusively to members. The library has a stock of some 50,000 books and 100,000 magazines and journals of more than 1,000 kinds in the architectural field. It is the largest collection in the architectural field in Japan. It is equipped with a video library and various collections of videotapes are available. AIJ has provided database information of scientific and technical papers presented at AIJ for the NACSIS-IR database system of the National Institute of Informatics (former National Center for Science Information System) since 1991. All papers in our journals and proceedings have been registered since 1991. The total number of the papers is more than 86,000. Copy service and Database search through the Internet are also available.
AIJ Home Page
To disseminate the information in an electronic format AIJ provides its Home Page not only for members but also for people around the world. It provides members with access to the most recent particulars.
Cultural and Educational Projects
Symposia, Field Studies and Exhibitions
Many committees and chapters of AIJ organize symposia, field studies and exhibitions. Overseas study tours to Asian countries are held every year for members to study specific topics by the Asian Architecture Cultural Exchange Committee.
The lecture tours are organized in major cities throughout Japan to present the results of research and studies carried out by the research committees.
The Design Competition Committee of AIJ holds design competitions every year.
Exhibition of Graduation Design Work
Exhibition tours are organized every year in 34 major cities to exhibit the best graduation design work chosen from each university.
A: The Grand Prize of Architectural Institute of Japan
Grand prizes are presented to individual members whose achievements contribute to the advancement of architecture and building engineering.
B: Prizes of Architectural Institute of Japan
(1) The Prize of Architectural Institute of Japan for Research Thesis
(2) The Prize of Architectural Institute of Japan for Design
(3) The Prize of Architectural Institute of Japan for Engineering
(4) The Prize of Architectural Institute of Japan for Specific Contribution
AIJ awards prizes to individual members for remarkable achievements made in the categories of research theses, architectural design, and specific contributions in architecture (e.g., town development, preservation of old architecture, technical development).
C: The Prize of AIJ for Education
The Prize of the AIJ for Education is awarded for excellent achievements concerning architectural education by its members, which have contributed to the advancement of architectural education. It consists of the Award for Distinguished Achievement for work which bore fruit following years of activity, while making an outstanding contribution to the advancement of architectural education as well as society (one work), and the Award for Outstanding Practice for work concerning educational programs/instructional materials (four works).
D: The Encouragement Prize of Architectural Institute of Japan
These prizes are presented for excellent research done by regular members under 40 years old.
E: Annual Architectural Design Commendation of the Architectural Institute of Japan
These commendations are presented for excellent architectural designs selected from the Selected Architectural Designs of the Architectural Institute of Japan.
F: The Appreciation Prize of Architectural Institute of Japan
AIJ gives these prizes to non-members for excellent contributions to architecture.
The Managing Committee on International Affairs is responsible for international activities of AIJ. The Committee promotes international exchanges and joint activities with architectural organizations around the world. AIJ has concluded Agreements of Cooperation with counterpart international societies to exchange technical, scientific, and professional information to better serve not only its membership but also the architectural and building engineering profession. Overseas study tours are held every year for members to study specific topics.
To advance architectural quality and share greater information among architects and building engineers in and outside Japan, AIJ pursues collaboration with architectural organizations around the world.
AIJ, the Architectural Institute of Korea and the Architectural Society of China concluded the Joint Statement to confirm the importance of integrating science, technology and art into education, qualification and research in the field of architecture at the "Second International Symposium on Architectural Interchange in Asia" in September 1998. We agreed to embark on dissemination of this conception to Asian nations and to the world. Based on this agreement, the three institutions hold the International Symposium on Architectural Interchanges in Asia biennially and publish the Journal of Asian Architecture and Building Engineering.
Proposals & Statements
A reconnaissance team consisting of specialists of various fields is organized when damage investigation is needed in the case of disasters, such as the Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake (1995). The results are also generally released widely and proposals for disaster mitigation for the future are submitted to the government.
High concern has been shown also in the preservation of historical buildings over many years. The Modern Architecture : Inventory of pre-1945 Cultural Properties in Japan was published. If demolition of those buildings becomes a problem, preservation requests have been submitted. Many buildings are saved and there are also buildings later specified as important cultural properties of Japan. AIJ strives for such buildings.
AIJ encourages policies and practices which promote environmental responsibility and awareness and the principles of conservation and sustainable development. AIJ in June 2000 enacted the "Architectural Charter for a Global Environment."
Management of the AIJ Building
Construction of the AIJ Building in 1982 was the largest event of its centennial celebration. The construction fund was raised through donations from members and loans from banks. The seven-story building, which includes one basement level, was constructed from reinforced concrete. The total floor area is about 11,000 square meters. The design of the building was selected through a competition of 523 proposals by members. The winner was Mr. Kazuo Akimoto.
The building houses offices, meeting rooms, a hall, a bookstore, small exhibition spaces, a library, restaurants, and an open space for events, and a museum. (AIJ Architectural Museum )
AIJ occupies half of the total floor area of the building. The rest is rented to private and public corporations related to the building industry and computer services.
The main income of AIJ comes from membership fees, sale of publications and rent from tenants. Total annual income is about 1,700,000,000 Yen (approx. US$ 15,000,000).