The President’s Inaugural Address 58th President, Toru Takeuchi -Aiming at beautiful and tough architecture and urban development-Toru KAKEUCHI

The Architectural Institute of Japan (AIJ), Japan's oldest and largest architectural society, has been leading the academic, technical, and artistic fields of architecture and urbanism for 137 years. In Japan, architectural education includes structural and environmental engineering, and approximately 36,000 members of AIJ include not only architects and architectural educators but also structural engineers, building environmental engineers, and their educators and researchers, as well as architects and engineers from public research institutes and regulatory agencies. The scope of AIJ activities, therefore, includes architectural design, architectural history, structural and material engineering, HVAC and environmental engineering, other technologies related to buildings and housing, cities and regions that architecture encompasses, and how people live, work, and learn in these places. With its headquarters in Tokyo and branches throughout Japan, the society's activities are supported by membership dues, the distribution of publications and journals, and incomes from the building.

At the beginning of this address, I have chosen the title " Aiming at beautiful and tough architecture and urban development" which is a simple yet accurate way of explaining the mission of AIJ to the public. I have assumed that the term "beauty" includes not only the aesthetics of buildings and cities but also tradition and culture, livability, freedom, environmental friendliness, and numerous other concepts related to sustainability. On the other hand, "toughness" includes resilience or robustness against various disasters and climate change. Although the impact of COVID-19 has gradually faded, the experience of the past three years has provided us with brilliant and diverse ideas for our personal and professional lives. AIJ is committed to addressing these challenges through efficient management of various DX technologies and international information sharing and will continue to provide services that support this diversity.

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