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YASUOKA, Yoshifumi


YASUOKA, Yoshifumi


Dr.Phil. (Egyptology)


Assistant Professor


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3D modeling of statues: Elucidation of human body representation in ancient Egypt: YASUOKA Yoshifumi, Assistant Professor

Research Topic

Design Theories in Mediterranean Art and Architecture

My research vision is to understand how Ancient Mediterranean people designed their works and developed theories of art and architecture as the integration of painting, sculpture and structure. I am particularly interested in clarifying the interconnections among Ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman theories of art and architecture by examining the greater civilization not only within its larger context but also from its periphery. I intend to further the field of art and architectural history of Ancient Mediterranean world by observing the often-overlooked North African regions, and their relationships with the more popular and better understood histories centering around the Roman and Greek mainland.

Education and Academic Employment

2019 – Present Assistant Professor, Waseda Institute for Advanced Study
2016 – 2019: Superlative Postdoctoral Fellow of JSPS, Department of Architecture, School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo
2014 – 2016: Postdoctoral Scholar, Institute of Egyptology, Heidelberg University
2014.03.: Dr.Phil., Institute of Egyptology, Faculty of Philosophy, Heidelberg University
2005.03.: M.Arch., Institute of Architectural History, Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Waseda University
2003.03.: B.Sc., Department of Architecture, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waseda University

Fields of Research Interests

Architectural History, Mediterranean Civilizations, Design Theories

Academic Publications
  1. Yoshifumi Yasuoka, Untersuchungen zu den Altägyptischen Säulen als Spiegel der Architekturphilosophie der Ägypter, Hützel, 2016
  2. Yoshifumi Yasuoka, “On the Module System of the Ancient Mediterranean Civilization”,in: J. Archit. Plann., AIJ 83/752, 2018, pp. 2015-2024.
  3. Yoshifumi Yasuoka, “The Use of Module System in Ancient Egyptian Architecture”, Orient 53, 2018, pp. 35-54.
  4. Yoshifumi Yasuoka, “On the Relationship between the Architectural Philosophy in Vitruviusʼ “De Architectura” and the surrounding Architectural Cultures: A Comparative Study of the Ancient Egyptian Architectural Media”,J. Archit. Plann., AIJ 82/736,2017, pp. 1581-1589.
  5. Yoshifumi Yasuoka, “A Reassessment of the “Ghurob Shrine. Papyrus”,Oriento 58/2, 2015, pp. 156-169.
  6. Yoshifumi Yasuoka, “Neuerwägungen zu den memphitischen Säulen”, in: Ägypten und Levante 21, 2012, pp. 185-210.
  7. Yoshifumi Yasuoka, “Some Remarks on the reused Palm Columns of the Pronaos at Herakleopolis Magna”, in: Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 97, 2011, pp. 31-60.

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Other Interests

Affiliated Academic Organizations

The Architectural Institute of Japan
The Society for Near Eastern Studiesn in Japan
The Japan Art History Society
Society of Architectural Historians of Japan
Collegium Mediterranistarum
The International Association of Egyptologists


2019.04.: Young Researcher Award 2019, The Architectural Institute of Japan
2019.01.: 15th Japan Academy Medal, The Japan Academy
2018.12.: 15th JSPS PRIZE, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
2017.06.: 22nd Herend Prize, Collegium Mediterranistarum

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