Shunsaku Miyagi

Visiting Professor in Landscape Architecture

Shunsaku Miyagi is a founding partner of PLACEMEDIA, an award-winning landscape and urban design firm based in Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan. He has worked on projects of various scales and locations both domestic and overseas for the past 35 years, ranging from small-scale housing complexes to large-scale urban redevelopment, and even resort development that harmoniously preserves and enhances the value of historic and natural environments. In particular, the highly acclaimed works he has worked on in collaboration with renowned Japanese architects such as Yoshio Taniguchi, Kengo Kuma and others are said to have contributed greatly to acknowledging the status of landscape architects in Japan.

Miyagi holds Master of Landscape Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design and PhD in Urban Design Studies from Kyoto University. His extensive academic career includes appointments of Associate Professor in Landscape Architecture at Chiba University and Professor in Urban Design at The University of Tokyo.

His academic mission at GSD is to serve as an instructor for an option studio starting in Fall 2024, with program aiming to pursue design solutions focused on climate adaptation, with the study field set to be in Japan, while incorporating the locality of natural and historical/cultural environments.