MORITA Masashi


Faculty of Urban Innovation, Division of Urban Innovation

Job Title

Associate Professor

Research Fields, Keywords

History of Architecture, Urban History, Islam, Mediterranean Area, History of western architecture


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  • 1997.04

    Tokyo Institute of Technology   Faculty of Engineering   Department of Architecture   Graduated

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  • 2004.04

    Tokyo Institute of Technology  Graduate School, Division of Integrated Science and Engineering  Department of Built Environment  Doctor Course  Completed

  • 2001.04

    Tokyo Institute of Technology  Graduate School, Division of Integrated Science and Engineering  Department of Built Environment  Master Course  Completed

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  • Master of Engineering -  Tokyo Institute of Technology

  • Doctor of Engineering -  Tokyo Institute of Technology

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  • 2015.04

    Duty   Yokohama National UniversityFaculty of Urban Innovation   Division of Urban Innovation   Associate Professor  

  • 2017.04

    Concurrently   Yokohama National UniversityCollege of Urban Sciences   Department of Architecture and Building Science    Associate Professor  

  • 2015.04

    Concurrently   Yokohama National UniversityGraduate School of Urban Innovation   Department of Architecture and Urban Culture   Associate Professor  

  • 2015.04

    Concurrently   Yokohama National UniversityCollege of Engineering Science   Department of Architecture,Infrastructure,Ocean Engineering and Ecosystem Science   Associate Professor  

  • 2015.04

    Concurrently   Yokohama National UniversityGraduate School of Urban Innovation   Department of Urban Innovation   Associate Professor  

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  • 2012.09

    Nippon Institute of Technology   Department of Architecture   Part-time Lecturer  

  • 2012.04

    Rikkyo University   Part-time Lecturer  

  • 2011.04

    Tokyo Institute of Technology   Research Fellow  

  • 2008.12

    Tokyo Institute of Technology   Global COE Research Fellow (PD)  

  • 2008.04

    Tokyo Institute of Technology   Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Science and Engineering   Research Fellow  

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  • 2016.09

    JAPAN ICOMOS National Committee

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  • Architectural history/Design

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  • Architect (first class)


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  • Research on Interaction of Architectural Techniques between Different Cultures

    Project Year:  -   

  • Research on Historical Development of Dome Architecture in the Eastern Mediterranean Area

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  • Research on Islamic Mausolea in Anatolia

    Project Year:  -   

  • History of Islamic City

    Project Year:  -   

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  • Historic Christian and Related Islamic Monuments in Eastern Anatolia and Syria from the Fifth to Fifteenth Centuries A.D. - Architectural Survey in Syria, Armenia, Georgia, and Eastern Turkey

    東アナトリア研究会 編, 篠野志郎 編, 藤田康仁 編, 守田正志 編 (Part: Joint Editor , Range: Vol.1 Chap.6, Vol.2 Chap.15 Sec.22-56, Vol.2 Chap.17 Sec.5-11 )

    彩流社  2015.02 ISBN: 978-4-7791-20


  • Stone Arks in Oblivion

    Shiro SASANO, Yasuhito FUJITA, Masashi MORITA (Part: Contributor )

    Sairyu-sya  2011.09 ISBN: 9784779116430


  • Historical Architecture of Eastern Anatolia in the Middle Age, under the Prospective on Interactive Building Techniques

    Shiro Sasano, Takayuki KUROTSU, Masashi MORITA, Murat NURLU, Mete MİRZAOĞLU, Derya Polat ŞAHİNBAZ, Kentaro MOTOKI, Kazuoh SEO, Hiroki TAKAHASHI, Yasuhito FUJITA, Shojiro MOTOYUI (Part: Contributor , Range: Part 1: Chapter 3: Principal Islamic Architecture Surveyed in the Project, Part2: Chapter 7: A Study on Construction Method and Internal Composition of Mausoleums Built between the 12th and the 14th Centuries in Anatolia )

    私家版  2009.03

  • The Caucasus

    ed. Takashi KIMURA, Tadashi SUZUKI, Shiro SASANO, Makoto HAYASAKA (Part: Contributor )

    Sairyu-sya  2006.11 ISBN: 978-477911215

  • The Armenian Architecture in the Transitional Period

    Shiro SASANO, Kazuoh SEO, Hiroshi AIZAWA, Shojiro MOTOYUI, Hisao HABUKA, Hiroki TAKAHASHI, Naoko SAIO, Kentaro MOTOKI, Masashi MORITA, Murad HASRATYAN (Part: Contributor , Range: Section12: Curch of St. Stepanos, Kosh、Section13: Curch of St. Gevorg, Pemzashen、Section14: Curch in Meghrajor )

    私家版  2005.03

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  • Evaluation of Management Plans Related to World Heritage Tomioka Silk Mill and the Silk Industry Heritage Group

    Sweet Yee CHENG, Satoshi ONO, Masashi MORITA, Yuko SUGENO

        527 - 530   2020.03

    Joint Work

  • Historical Development on Transitional Zone of Dome Employing Triangles in Islamic Mausoleums in Medieval Anatolia

    Masashi MORITA

    Journal of Architecture and Planning ( Architectural Institute of Japan )  82 ( 741 )   3001 - 3011   2017.11  [Refereed]

    Single Work

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    This paper aims to consider the historical development on transitional zone of dome employing triangles in Islamic mausoleums built from the second half of the 12th to the first half of the 15th century in Anatolia. As the result, the transitional zone employing some small triangles, which is "Small Triangle", was created at first in the middle part of Anatolia. Based on this transitional zone, the various transitional zone, such as "Turkish Triangle", "Discontinuous Turkish Triangle", and "Turkish Fan", were created by the two conflicting methods like complicating or simplifying and their use areas were expanded to the western part of Anatolia over time.

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  • Survey Report on Two Islamic Mausoleums in Beçin Kalesi

        821 - 822   2017.09

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  • Relation between Western Style Architecture and Architectural Thought of Modern Japan

        952 - 953   2016.08

    Joint Work

  • Survey Report of Islamic Mausoleums Built in the Beylik and the Early Ottoman Period in Gelibolu

        697 - 698   2016.08

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  • Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas

    Project Year: 2019.04  -    Investigator(s): MATSUBARA Kosuke

  • Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research(C)

    Project Year: 2017.04  -  2020.03 

  • Grant-in-Aid for Young Scientists(B)

    Project Year: 2015.04  -  2019.03 

  • Grant-in-Aid for Young Scientists(B)

    Project Year: 2012.04  -  2015.03 

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  • Historical Development on Transitional Zone of Dome Employing Triangles in Medieval Anatolia

    Offer organization: Private Foundations  The Obayashi Foundation Supports scholarly research related to cities

    Project Year: 2019.04  -  2020.03  Investigator(s): Masashi MORITA

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  • Practice of environmental study utilizing local high-definition topographic data

    Takuro OGURA, Yuichi S. HAYAKAWA, Yasuhiko TAMURA, Chiaki T. OGUCHI, Masashi MORITA, Keisuke OGATA, et. al.

    JpGU Meeting 2019  (Makuhari Messe, Chiba, Japan)  2019.05   Japan Geoscience Union

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    The class of “the Period of Integrated Study" in Japan is required to solve various problems that are occurring in a local area. To proceed the Integrated Study, basic learning materials regarding local environment are necessary. HDT (High-definition topographic) data derived from SfM (Structure-from-Motion) and TLS (Terrestrial Laser Scanning) can readily be acquired and used as such learning materials. This study explores the effective use of HDT data for regional study. We conducted classes in a local elementary school to lead the students to recognize the significance of local cultural heritage and physical environment around their hometown. Through the handicraft of a large three-dimensional landform model, the students became aware of the three-dimensional structure of the local landscape. Also, they discussed with professors, graduate students, and local people using the landform model they created. Through the discussion with researchers having diverse academic backgrounds and local residents living in the area for a long time, students were stimulated and deepened their learning by the contents they explore.

  • Interdisciplinary approaches on conservation of underground geoheritage for community development of Taya Cave and its adjacent area

    Yasuhiko TAMURA, Chiaki T. OGUCHI, Yuichi S. HAYAKAWA, Takuro OGURA, Keisuke OGATA, Masashi MORITA

    JpGU Meeting 2019  (Makuhari Messe, Chiba, Japan)  2019.05   Japan Geoscience Union

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    TAYA Cave is an underground geoheritage locating in a Buddhism temple of Shingon sect, Josen-ji, south Yokohama, Japan. The cave is supposed to have its origin in the Kamakura period about 800 years ago, and then been used for religious trainings for priests. After opened to public in Edo era, a certain number of general people visited there. It was registered as a cultural property of Yokohama City in 1990. The cave originates in Kamakura period over 800 years ago. It was made by digging with human hands to shape a tunnel-like three-layer structure. More than 300 beautiful bas-reliefs are existed on the walls. However, those artifacts have been damaged due to deterioration or weathering. We are facing to urgent problem to preserve it to inherit in the future. The authors have been trying to preserve this cave for four years. The Executive Committee for the Preservation of Taya Cave was established to make 3D digital data of this underground cultural property. In order to outline the approaches, three practical trials were carried out. The first one is dissemination of basic conditions of the cave from the viewpoints of earth science such as geology, geography and geotechnics to local people. Throughout of this activity, environmental characteristics of Taya Cave will be understood quantitatively. The second one is to understand regional culture and environment by interpreting regional history appearing on fundamental survey of bas-relief. The third one is to consider the possibilities of city planning with considering various regulations existed in the real society and environmental regulations. By comprehensively advancing these activities, urban rural area will be able to develop and gain vitality. The present study reports the results of these multidisciplinary practical trials carried out so far.