Architectural Institute of Japan

"Swiss Window Journeys"

A talk event to celebrate the publication of “Swiss Window Journeys” by architect and professor at ETH Zurich, Momoyo Kaijima.

“Swiss Window Journeys Architectural Field Notes” is the result of six years of activities, including drawings and descriptions of windows surveyed and collected in Switzerland and interviews with Swiss architects. On June 22, 2024, the author, Professor Momoyo Kaijima from ETH Zurich, will discuss together with architects with connections to Switzerland the diversity of windows, architecture, and culture in Switzerland at a talk event open to all Swiss architecture lovers!

Since 2017, Professor Kaijima, with the Chair of Architectural Behaviorology at ETH Zurich, has been conducting fieldwork research on Swiss windows based on themes such as "Farming and Production," "Dwelling and Trading," or "Caring and Healing." Her research provides an ecological perspective on the role of windows as a tool for resourceful living practices. "Swiss Window Journeys Architectural Field Notes" is the result of six years of work on Swiss windows and architecture, including drawings and descriptions of windows collected from field research . In addition, interviews with nine Swiss architects shed light on the challenges of window design in the contemporary architectural process.

On June 22, 2024 at Architectural Institute of Japan, Prof. Kaijima and several Japanese architects with links to Switzerland will discuss the diversity of windows, architecture, and even culture in Switzerland as a crossroad to Europe, as well as the impact of the unique topography and geography of the Alps.

The book “Swiss Window Journeys Architectural Field Notes” will be available for purchase at the exhibition. Also, we invite you to check out the series of interviews by Prof. Kaijima on “Window Journeys in Switzerland,” which is currently being published on the Window Research Institute website.

Date: Saturday, June 22, 2024
Time: 15:00-16:30 (doors open at 14:30)
Venue: Architectural Institute of Japan (26-20, Shiba 5-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo)

Speaker: Momoyo KAISHIMA (Architect / Professor, ETH Zurich)
Guest: Chie Kaneno (Architect), Fumiko Takahama (Architect), Mio Tsuneyama (Architect)

Admission: Free
Limited for 130 seats (advance registration required)
Registration here by Wednesday, June 19, 2024
More information: Swiss Windows Journeys
Childcare service will be provided. For details and registration: here

Organizers: WINDOW RESEARCH INSTITUTE, Japan Swiss Architectural Association
Supported by: Embassy of Switzerland in Japan / Vitality.Swiss
Cooperation: Voice of Earth Design Subcommittee, Architectural Institute of Japan, Shinkenchiku Shoten Co.
Graphic: Takumi Egawa

Momoyo Kaijima (born in 1969, Tokyo, Japan) graduated from the Faculty of Domestic Science at Japan Women’s University in 1991. She founded Atelier Bow-Wow with Yoshiharu Tsukamoto in 1992. In 1994, she received her master's degree from the Tokyo Institute of Technology. During 1996-1997, she was a guest student with a scholarship from Switzerland at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich (ETHZ). In 2000 she completed her post-graduate program at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. She has served as an assistant professor at the Art and Design School of the University of Tsukuba since 2000, and as an associate professor since 2009. In 2012, she received the RIBA International Fellowship. Since 2017, she has been serving as a Professor of Architectural Behaviorology at ETHZ. Not only did she teach at Harvard GSD (2003, 2016), but she was also a guest professor at ETHZ (2005-07), the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (2011-12), Rice University (2014-15), Delft University of Technology (2015-16), as well as Columbia University (2017). While engaging in design projects for houses, public buildings, and station plazas, she has conducted numerous investigations of the city through architecture such as Made in Tokyo and Pet Architecture.  She was the curator of the Japan Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. Atelier Bow-Wow:

The WINDOW RESEARCH INSTITUTE is a public-interest incorporated foundation engaged in research activities and cultural projects based on windows. The Institute is promoting its activities, aiming to develop discussions in a multifaceted way while cooperating with active domestic and international organizations and specialists in not only architecture but different fields. The Institute is making a pillar of activities in conducting and supporting research and surveys on related fields and publishing research results through publications, exhibitions, and lectures.

The Japan Swiss Architectural Association (JSAA) is a platform that will share cultural qualities and technologies in contemporary architecture.