Office Hours: MW 12-1
Kentaro Tsubaki, RA, joined the School of Architecture faculty in the Fall of 2009 from Texas Tech University, where he was an Assistant Professor. Tsubaki holds a B.S. in Physics from Kyoto University, a First Professional Master of Architecture from University of Colorado in Denver, and a Post-Professional Master of Architecture from Cranbook Academy of Art. Tsubaki’s background in experimental physics and phenomenology-based education at Cranbrook laid the groundwork for his empirical approach to architectural education, the subject of his numerous papers and presentations. Prior to pursuing his academic career, Tsubaki honed his architectural practice as an Associate at Pasanella + Klein, Stolzman + Berg Architects, P.C. Tsubaki’s primary area of interest is the subject of materiality and logic of construction. He is currently developing a notational drawing system specifically invented to document the complex folded surfaces of formwork unpractical to represent with traditional pictorial drawings or computer modeling. As a design educator, his primary concern is to raise the spatial and material awareness of students in the early stages of design education. His research explores theories and methods to encourage hands-on, trial and error experience through phenomenological explorations and to consciously integrate them into the decision-making process.