Building or Renovating a Residential Property in Japan

Course Code: BLD102-WS
Semester: Fall Day: Sun Time: 10:00-16:30 Hours: 6 Sessions: 1 End Date: 2021/12/5 Medium of Instruction: English Location: Tokyo

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Course Description

What is the process from locating an architect to actually renovating or building an apartment or a house? In this workshop, participants will assume the role of a potential private owner who just bought a property in Japan and wishes to renovate or build a new house on it. The workshop will help participants navigate the major processes, including selecting the designer and consultants, designing, permitting, estimating, construction, and handover. The class will be taught by a practicing architectural designer based in Tokyo. This workshop would have a great deal of value for anyone considering building in Japan for private use or for short or long term rental.


No required textbook/ Handouts


Mieko Watanabe

Instructor Biography

Mieko Watanabe is director of bilingual architectural and interior design services wAtelier LLC and Tokyo Design Collaborative (TDC) in Daikanyama, Tokyo, and a faculty member at IES Abroad Tokyo, where she teaches college courses on architecture and photography. Ongoing projects include new builds of boutique hotels and retail rebranding in Vietnam, and various residential projects in Tokyo. wAtelier and TDC offer design solutions that address owner identity, practicality, and site uniqueness, with full attention to detail from code requirements to construction documentation. Mieko earned her Master of Architecture from Yale University School of Architecture and a B.A. from Columbia College, Columbia University.