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Yasushi Sakai

Yasushi Sakai is a researcher, artist, and an architect that lives in the computer terminal. Currently a research assistant and a Phd candidate at the MIT Media Lab CityScience group, his work scales from designing micro controller schematics from mega structures, converting tangible artifacts to intangible experiences.

His interest focuses on the blurry distinction between machine and human from the perspective of intelligence and methods of creation including large scale city planning that incorporates social aspects of this collective machine as a whole.

His work has been selected to the Siggraph Art Exhibition (2018), Chile Biennial Art Exhibition (2017) and Japan Media Art Festival(2015) along with winning hackathons such as the Art Hack Day (2015), and World Bank’s global innovation challenge(2015).


  • 2011 - 2015 Architect, Nikken Sekkei, Architectural Design Department, Digital Design Lab

  • 2011 (internship) MEME, Boston, MA assistant for scripting

  • 2010 (internship) Ryoji Ikeda, remote assistant in CG modelling, rendering, architectural drawings for exhibitions


  • 2018-202? Media Arts and Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, PhD
  • 2017-2015 Media Arts and Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, M.S
  • 2010-2008 Environmental Design and Governance, Keio University (Japan), M.A
  • 2008-2010 Environmental Information, Keio University, B.A

Awards / Exhibits



Chile Biennale


18th Japan Media Arts Festival

Jury Selection

100 Innovators of the Next Era


Code for Resilience Global Innovation Challenge

Grand Prize, World Bank, London

ALGODEeQ -international programming competition for architecture, cities, and general design-

Grand Prize

Art Hack Day 2014

Golden Art Hack Award, Tokyo


Excellent Undergraduate Architectural Design Exhibition

Elected, Lemon Gasui

Shigeru Ito prize

Grand Prize, Keio University


  • Diastrofismos Thresholds vol47: Repeat, Nicole L’Huillier, Thomas Sanchez, Yasushi Sakai

  • Data-driven, evidence-based simulation of urbandynamics. Use Case Volpe, Springer Proceedings in Complexity, 2018, Luis Alonso, et al.

  • Implementation of Decentralized Version Control in Collective Design Modelling, Design Modelling Symposium 2015, Yasushi Sakai, Tsunoda Daisuke

  • Potentials in Applying Collective Intelligence in Architecture, 35th Informatics, Systems, Technology Symposium, AIJ (Architectural Institute of Japan), Tokyo, Yasushi Sakai

  • Analyzing Spatial Complexity within the Neighborhood of Visual Cognition, ALGODE, Tokyo, Yasushi Sakai, Tsunoda Daisuke


  • 2014 100 Innovators of the Next Era Nikkei Architeture
  • 2010 House in Hanegi Park - Cherry Jyutaku-Tokushu (住宅特集) design assistant
  • 2010 Temporary Shelter for Haiti Earthquake refugees, participated as project manager Shinkenchiku (新建築)
  • 2008 Hualin Temporary elementary school (Chengdu, China) Shinkenchiku (新建築) construction assistant
  • 2008 Case study House-13 -Atelier of Stained Glass Artist- design assistant


  • CAD/BIM and visual programming software (Revit, ArchiCAD, Rhinoceros, Grasshopper)
  • Circuitry Design, microcontrollers(ATMEGA)
  • Programming, in the order love (Rust, swift, JavaScript(TypeScript), python, JAVA(processing/Android), C++, C#, PHP)
  • and most importantly GIT