Kana Arioka

Kana Arioka was the founder of Studio Kana Arioka in Japan, a firm whose main focus was public spaces. In 2011 she moved to Belgium and began working as a senior architect in the office of Architecten Jan De Vylder Inge Vinck. Her interests focus on the space around the ordinary livelihood, from public space to private space in a transversal scale.

Her recent work has expanded beyond the practice of architecture and includes writing, guiding studios, and curating exhibitions. She has varied experience giving public lectures and teaching as a studio tutor at ULB/VUB (Belgium), Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan), and as a lecturer at Chiba University (Japan).

Arioka graduated from Waseda University (Japan) and University IUAV of Venice (Italy).

Academic Research/Specialty Areas

  • Architectural design
  • Architectural practice 
  • Drawing
  • Housing
  • Urbanism
  • Public and private spaces

Classes (Selected)

  • ARCH 4101/4102/5101/5116/7113 Universum Carrousel Journey: Re-Practice Prac-Teach: A Method Making Meaning MeanderingAdvanced programs in architectural design, with options in, but not limited to, urban design, architectural technology, computational design, ecology, culture, and representation.

Awards, Grants, and Fellowships (Selected)

  • Fellowship in Orde van architecten (actual)
  • Fellowship in the City Planning Institute of Japan (2018)

Exhibitions and Presentations (Selected)

  • Architecten De Vylder Vinck Taillieu: Variete / Architecture / Desire, TOTO Gallery (2019)
  • "Design Process of Housing and Living Environment in Belgium," presented at Conference A, Tokyo (2019)
  • "Sustainable Urbanisation Projects From 35 Cities," presented at a conference organized by A+U, Tokyo (2019)

Publications (Selected)

  • A+U, 586 19:07 "Transit-Oriented Development and Management," "Sustainable Urbanisation Projects From 35 Cities," and articles on Antwerp (July 2019)
  • Chief coordinator for Architecten De Vylder Vinck Taillieu: Variete / Architecture / Desire, Toto Publishers (2019)
  • Bridges - Connections Where Lines Become Urban Spaces, ULB (2016)
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