Chikara Inamura, MS Candidate

Chikara Inamura

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Chikara Inamura is a research assistant at the Mediated Matter resarch group. A Master’s candidate, he is a lead researcher for the group’s glass project. Chikara is an architect and a structural engineer with over 10 years of experience in practice at prestigious design firms including Zaha Hadid Architects in London and Sasaki and Partners in Tokyo.

As a project architect at Zaha Hadid Architects, Chikara was one of the firm’s lead designer in charge of a wide range of award winning projects including Vitra Mesa, Dubai Financial Market, and the firm’s largest construction project at the time, 400,000 sqm complex, Beijing Galaxy Soho. In parallel, he served as the firm’s construction and automation specialist and developed extensive list of optimization and automation workflows. He has conducted a series of firm wide workshops and trainings for parametric design, building information modelling, and automation.

As a structural engineer at Sasaki and Partners, he has collaborated with Toyo Ito Architects for their La Montre Hermès Showroom in Basel, and Sejima and Nishizawa of SANAA for their Bocconi University campus in Milan. He was an apprentice of Prof. Mutsuro Sasaki and was in charge of the firm’s recent projects including the Church of Ikuta and Kotohira Bridge.


2018   High-Fidelity Additive Manufacturing of Transparent Glass Structures
2015   Additive Manufacturing of Optically Transparent Glass
2015   Designing the Ocean Pavilion


Title: Methods and Apparatus for Additive Manufacturing of Glass
U.S. Patent No: US14697564
Filed: April 27, 2015
Inventors: John Klein, Giorgia Franchin, Michael Stern, Markus Kayser, Chikara Inamura, Shreya Dave, Peter Houk and Neri Oxman


Mediated Matter Emerging Voices Award as team member, The Architectural League of NY (2015)


WLA: Wet Lab Atelier
Water-based Digital Fabrication Platform

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