On Monday, September 7th, 35 CUAAJ members and friends attended a lecture by Mr. George Kurumado, an architect and managing officer of the TAKENAKA Corporation, 1989, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, (who managed the Tokyo American Club project co-designed by the world-renowned architect Cesar Pelli and TAKENAKA Corporation). The lecture focused on value engineering and the corporation’s innovative project proceeding methods which enabled a 30% cost reduction in the construction of the building. The lecture, held in one of the ballrooms of the Tokyo American Club, was followed by small-group private tours of the facility, guided by architects of the TAKENAKA Corporation.
The lecture and the tour were a rare opportunity for us to learn about how building projects are managed by Japanese general contractors, and the guided tour complemented the content of the lecture quite well. Mr. Takeshi Konishi, who designed the Tokyo American Club lighting, also came as a guest speaker and added valuable stories to the night’s lecture.
Attendees included alumni from various Columbia graduate and undergraduate schools, and the reception that followed the tour provided a great networking time.
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