The Japanese architect Shoei Yoh is an internationally recognised figure of late 20th century architecture and an early pioneer of digital methods in architectural design. In 2019 Yoh deposited his entire architectural office archive to the Faculty of Design at Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan. Since then, a research team from the Faculty of Design, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan, and the School of Built Environment, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia have collaborated to digitise these archival assets. Additionally, the project team have 3D scanned selected living buildings designed by Yoh to capture, analyse, and learn from their legacies.
The online Shoei Yoh Archive contains a repository of newly digitised assets from Shoei Yoh’s architectural office including drawings, digital model files, photographs, project notes, architectural magazines, and physical models. Populating the Shoei Yoh Archive is an ongoing project. The site currently hosts archival material related to six projects designed by Yoh and completed between 1979 to 1994 as well as LiDAR scan data of selected examples of Yoh’s built work. In addition to a standard repository of searchable and downloadable digitised assets the site presents archival material in an exhibition format in a 3D spatial environment, referred to herein as a Spatial Archive.