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Masami Kobayashi is currently working as Associate Professor in Division of Materials Science, Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8573, Japan. He has Completed his doctoral program in Graduate School of Engineering from Kyoto University. And D.Engeneering in Kyoto University.
Prof. Kobayashi was born in Tokyo and brought up in Niigata. While studying at Kyoto University, he studied urban design for civil engineering at the Faculty of Engineering and specialized in architecture at the graduate school. With a fascination in the forest, color and interior, the professor knows no boundaries in probing the possibilities of architecture. Consistent throughout his work is his research theme of “natural disaster and human settlement.”
While doing field work in Flores Island (Indonesia) in 1979 in an area stricken by a tsunami, he researched the housing conditions of the tsunami victims. This experience left him with doubts towards Japan's humanitarian aid that tended to be focused on the aspects of infrastructure, and changed his approach to modern architecture. For three years starting from 1999, he served as Hyogo office secretariat for the United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD), which had been set up in Kobe during the reconstruction following the Great Hanshin Earthquake Disaster. There, he continued his research into “what sort of building structures can be created for earthquake victims.”
In 2005, a group including Prof. Kobayashi and commercial researchers developed a neo-timber construction. Considering the current condition of Japanese forests, they used lumber normally harvested during forestation thinning for this new construction. It has excellent qualities regarding earthquake resistance, suitability for housing, and short construction period. It is called the Kyoto University j.Pod construction system and is suited to the recycling oriented society of the 21st Century. His international experience includes various programs, contributions and participation in different countries for diverse fields of study. His research interests reflect in his wide range of publications in various national and international journals.
His research expertise area are Natural Disaster and Human Settlement, Chlorophyll