- Research Promotion (Research Committees, Annual Meeting)
- 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)
- Social Contribution (Council for Judicial Support, Council for Housing and Community Development Support,
Council for Juvenile Education Support)
- Others (International Exchanges, Proposals & Statements, Management of the AIJ Building)
- Organization (Officers, Secretariat & Chapters, Research Committees)
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.
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 Meeting 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 Meeting 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
Journal 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.
Transactions 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
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.
AIJ Journal of Technology and Design
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.
Journal of Asian Architecture and Building Engineering (JAABE)
Journal of Asian Architecture and Building Engineering is an 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.
Japan Architectural Review
International Journal of Japan Architectural Review for Engineering and Design (JAR)
Japan Architectural Review is an official peer-reviewed journal of the Architectural Institute of Japan. The Journal covers all aspects of architectural design and building sciences, including perspectives offered through the lens of science, technology, engineering, economics, social science and human-centered design, architectonics and other related fields. The Journal is published quarterly, and all content is published open access.
Selected Architectural Designs of the Architectural Institute of Japan
an extra issue of the Journal of Architecture and Building Science
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.
Summaries of Technical Papers of Annual Meeting, Summaries of Design Works of Annual Meeting
Summaries of technical papers and design works presented during the Annual Meeting and available in DVD.
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 Home Page
Cultural and Educational Projects
Symposia, Field Studies and Exhibitions
Exhibition of Graduation Design Work
A: The Grand Prize of Architectural Institute of Japan
B: Prizes of Architectural Institute of Japan
(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
C: The Prize of AIJ for Education
D: The Encouragement Prize of Architectural Institute of Japan
E: Annual Architectural Design Commendation of the Architectural Institute of Japan
F: The Appreciation Prize of Architectural Institute of Japan
Council for Judicial Support
Council for Housing and Community Development Support
Council for Juvenile Education Support
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
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
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 1,450,000,000 Yen (approx. US$ 13,800,000).