Dr Yasuhiro Santo

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Areas of interest: Adaptable Environment, Research through, DIY, Interactive Systems

PhD (Queensland University of Technology), AA Diploma (Other)

Yasu Santo  is a maker, fabricator and tinkerer in both analog and digital domains. His current research focuses on designing architectural systems to allow occupant-led (DIY) facilities management and democratic use of office environments. His preferred method of research is by speculating possible solutions and test them by designing and making prototypes. He was trained as an architect at the Architectural Association (AA) in London and received AA Diploma and RIBA part 2 in 1995. During his study, he was fascinated by the power and possibilities of computers and electronics and began tinkering with them since circa 1993. After graduation, he remained at the AA as an electronic media tutor and the Electronic Media Lab supervisor until August 2000, while engaging with international competitions, developing multimedia presentations for property developers, and various other architectural and artistic commissions during this time. He moved to Hong Kong and became a full time lecturer at School of Design, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, in September 2000 and began teaching wide range of subjects in architecture, interior, industrial and interactive media design. He also lead many international online collaborations and worked with students and academics from all over the world. He relocated to Brisbane, Australia in 2006 to continue his research and teaching at the School of Design, Queensland University of Technology. He has been actively engaged in lecturing, exhibiting, organising workshops, and serving as external examiners and judges in various occasions in different parts of the world.