Japan Symposium

Join public symposium about regional development 7 June

How can arts, architecture, and nature contribute to regional development? Find out, when Aarhus School of Architecture hosts the Japan Symposium about regional development and the potentials within art and architecture for regional growth.

The event emphasizes and celebrates the 150-year anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic connections between Japan and Denmark.

When: 7 June 2017, 9.00 – 16.00
Where: Aarhus School of Architecture, Main Auditorium, Nørreport 22, 8000 Aarhus C

The symposium is organized by the Danish Arts Foundation in collaboration with Fukutake Foundation Japan, Aarhus School of Architecture, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation, Danish Architecture Centre and Danish Agency for Culture and Palaces.



  • Soichiro Fukutake: President, Benesse Art Site Naoshima
  • Shinro Ohtake: Artist
  • Hiroshi Sambuichi: Architect, honorary professor, KADK
  • Kazuyo Sejima: Architect and co-founder of SANAA
  • Poul Høilund: Architect and founding partner of NORRØN
  • Søren Taaning: Artist and chairman of the Danish Arts Foundation’s Committee for Visual Arts
  • Anne Skovbro: CPO Realdania
  • Kristine Jensen: MAA, MDL, owner of Arkitekt Kristine Jensens Tegnestue, honorary professor, KADK
  • Torben Nielsen: Rector, Aarhus School of Architecture


The symposium is free of charge, but registration is required. Read more about the event, the speakers and register here:

Celebration of 150 years of cultural bonds

During 2017 the cultural bond between Denmark and Japan will be strengthened as events connected to the anniversary will take place from January to December. Artists and cultural institutions will present an ambitious program of cultural events in Denmark as well as in Japan.

The events will include exhibitions, concerts, performing arts, animation- and film festivals as well as give rise to a great focus on architecture, crafts, and design.


The theme of the symposium is linked to an ongoing project about cultural environments carried out by researchers at Aarhus School of Architecture.

If you want to know more about the project or symposium, please contact organiser and Professor Mogens A. Morgen.