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11 Aug 2015

Japan Institute of Architects

The Japan Institute of Architects was established in 1987 by Kenzo Tange (formed in 1886). JIA aspires to act as an organisation that contributes to society, and is thereby trusted by the nation's people. JIA implements various activities to disseminate and enlighten Japan's culture of architecture; it gives awards to architectural design of excellence to communicate the value of a culture of architecture to the society, publishes research books on the architectural design, proposes ideas to conserve and restore modern architecture.

JIA conducts joint research and studies with specialists of various disciplines to investigate what constitutes architecture, town development, planning, structure, environmental engineering and landscape design. JIA supports citizens' development projects and recovery efforts after earthquake, and other disasters. 

JIA also assists architects in documentation and application of methodologies, extends vigorous support to young architects through educational and training activities, and exchanges experience and information with other organisations on the subjects of sustainable cities and buildings, architectural education, and international issues.