Founder, Sasaki Structural Consultants / Sasaki and Partners
Emeritus Professor, Hosei University, Tokyo
Lecture: Friday, September 16, 2016
5:30 p.m. - Lawrence J. Plym Auditorium, Temple Hoyne Buell Hall
Michael J. Theiss Memorial Lecture
Lecture Title: "Morphogenesis of Flux Structure - New Field of Structural Design"
Mutsuro Sasaki, Prof. Dr. Eng., is an emeritus professor at Hosei University in Tokyo, Japan.
He is also a founder of Sasaki Structural Consultants since 1980 as well as SAPS / Sasaki and Partners since 2002.
Sasaki is an expert of shell structures and a pioneer in the field of computational morphogenesis in structural engineering. His researches focus on the development of design techniques using structural optimizations and form findings based on the mathematical principle of structural mechanics. He has developed the sensitivity analysis method for free-curved shell structures that defines optimum structural solutions within complex design criteria. Recently completed works applying this method includes Meiso-no-Mori Crematorium (2006), Rolex Learning Center (2008), and Teshima Art Museum (2010).
His research-based practice extends the analytical works of Antonio Gaudi, Heinz Isler, and Frei Otto into the field of computational designs that has helped shape the contemporary architectural scene in Japan and abroad.
Sasaki is a long-term collaborator of Toyo Ito, Sejima and Nishizawa of SANAA, and Arata Isozaki. He has received numerous awards for both theories and practices, including AIJ Prize in 2003 for Sendai Mediateque (2000) and IASS Tuboi Prize for Extended ESO Method in 2004.