Profile

TERRAIN architects was established in 2011, in Tokyo,
and currently has 2 bases; one in Tokyo, Japan; and the other in Kampala, Uganda.
We believe that architecture is a part of the “TERRAIN” it stands on.
Beyond each site, a unity of architecture and place should also be a part of topography, culture, climate, people and time.
Wherever it is, there are constraints or limitations to a building’s design and construction.
We recognize that those ‘constraints’ are characteristics representing each place’s indigenousness,
so we take them into account as positive elements of our design.
In our design and construction process, we explore how architecture can utilize and maximize indigenous elements of each place.

Establish 2011
Member Architectural Institute of Japan / Tokyo Society of Architects / Uganda Society of Architects

Awards And Exhibitions

Award
2020
Good Design Gold Award/ Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award (Yamasen Japanese Restaurant)
2019
AR Emerging Architecture Awards 2019 Finalist
2019
Aga Kahn Award for Architecture 2019 cycle Finalist (AU dormitory)
2019
AIJ Young Architect Award for Selected Architectural Designs 2019 (AU dormitory)
2012
JCD Design Award 2012 (ENDANG BUNKO)
2012
SD Review 2012 (AU dormitory)
Exibition/Lecture
2019
Exhibition : AR Emerging Architecture Awards 2019 (Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
2019
Exhibition : The 12th Sao Paulo International Architecture Biennale (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
2019
Lecture : Architects Forum No.181 "Wriggling Context" (Tokyo, Japan)
2019
Exhibition : Aga Kahn Award for Architecture 2019 cycle exhibition. (Tatarstan, Russia)
2019
Exhibition at Tapered Gallery of Tokyo University of the Arts. (Tokyo, Japan)
2017
Lecture:Columbia University GSAPP "Construction Practice" (New York, USA)
2017
Lecture:The University of Shiga Prefecture DANWASHITSU (Shiga, Japan)
2016
Lecture:Asia Pacific Architecture Forum 2016(Brisbane, Australia)
2012
Exhibition:SD Review 2012(Tokyo/Kyoto, Japan)

Staff

  • Ikko Kobayashi

    Principal Architect & Founder

    Profile
    1981
    Born in Hyogo, Japan
    2006
    Graduated from Tokyo City University
    Department of architecture (BA)
    2009
    Graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts,
    Department of architecture (MA)
    Fujiki Takao Atelier Inc.
    2011
    Established TERRAIN architects.
    2021-
    Lecturer at Tokyo City University
  • Fumi Kashimura

    Principal Architect & Founder

    Profile
    1983
    Born in Kanagawa, Japan
    2005
    Graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts,
    Department of architecture (BA)
    2007
    Graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts,
    Department of architecture (MA)
    2007
    Yashima architect and associates
    Boyd Cody Architects
    2009 (-11)
    Research Associate at Tokyo University of the Arts
    2011
    Established TERRAIN architects.
    2021-
    Associate Professor at Tokyo University of the Arts