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All classes are suspended for the week of March 16. Starting the week of March 23, all classes will resume entirely online. Tulane School of Architecture (TuSA) remains open with most faculty and staff working remotely. Students can be granted access to work in the building only with prior approval from the school. At this time, we are not hosting admissions tours.

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Kentaro Tsubaki

Office Hours:

MWF 12:00 - 2:00pm

Courses:

ARCH 6041/6051 - Research Studio

ARCH 3214/6214 - Structural Systems

Research and Teaching Interests:

Materiality, tectonics, logic of construction and assemble, design pedagogy.

Bio:

Kentaro Tsubaki is an Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Academics at Tulane School of Architecture. 

He joined the faculty in the fall of 2009 from Texas Tech University, where he was an Assistant Professor.

He earned his B.Sci. in Physics from Kyoto University prior to pursuing his M. Arch. I. degree from University of Colorado and M. Arch. II. degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He is a registered architect in the state of Louisiana and in New York where he practiced as an associate at PKSB Architects, P.C, from 1997-2006.

Tsubaki’s primary area of interest is in the tectonics of architecture, the materiality, and the logic of construction. His research focuses on what he calls an “imperfect extension” of architectural elements, an unorthodox approach to current trends where precision in planning and assembly is valued. 

His research is recognized on a national level in 2014 with JAE Best Design as Scholarship Article Award. His article, Foldout Drawing: A Projective Drawing for Fabric Forming was awarded as one of the two best articles published in the year by the Journal of Architectural Education, the flagship publication of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. He has lectured extensively on the subject, and the work has been featured in numerous publications and exhibitions. 

Tsubaki is equally prolific in the area of innovative design pedagogy. His insistence on direct, material-based explorations in studios and seminar courses are the hallmark. The intention is to exploit the difference between the phenomenal qualities of the physical construct and the representational methods employed in the design process as a potential source of architectural inquiry, the subject of his numerous papers published nationally and internationally.