DSN S 546 Preservation and Cultural Heritage Japan: International Perspectives and Design Issues is an interdisciplinary design studio that integrates upper-level undergraduate and graduate students from the disciplines of Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, and Community & Regional Planning in the College of Design at Iowa State University. Each year, this interdisciplinary design studio collaborates with the Office of Cultural Heritage at the United States (US) Department of State on culturally significant American buildings abroad. This year our project consisted of three primary parts, 1) to research, document, and disseminate information about the residence of the Ambassador of the United States to Japan in Tokyo, 2) to create a website as a depository for that research, and 3) to develop designs for a Pool House and Canopy adjacent to the Ambassador’s Residence in downtown Tokyo.

Due to Covid, students and instructors worked remotely in the United States with assistance of staff on the ground in Tokyo, Japan. Special thanks go to Tobin Tracey (Director of Cultural Heritage, Overseas Buildings Operations, US Department of State), Matt Smith (Management Minister Counselor, Mission Japan, US Department of State), Oue San (Embassy Facilities Manager and Construction Specialist), Jarod Hackett (Deputy Facility Manager, Mission Japan, US Department of State), Lauren Hall (Conservator, Office of Cultural Heritage, Overseas Buildings Operations, US Department of State), Daria Gasparini (Architectural and Landscape Historians and Historic Preservation Consultant, Robinson & Associates, Washington DC), Frederic Mardel (Chef at the US Ambassador’s Residence and House Manager), John Dumsick (Senior Civil Engineer and Historic Preservation Specialist, Office of Cultural Heritage, US Department of State), and Shinjiro Kobayashi (former Butler).