Mr Takeshi Hayatsu

School: School of Art and Architecture
Position: Lecturer


Takeshi Hayatsu (BA AA Dipl RIBA) is a qualified architect practicing in London. He studied architecture at Musashino Art University in Tokyo and at the Architectural Association in London.

Takeshi worked at David Chipperfield Architects, Haworth Tompkins and 6a architects before founding his own practice, Hayatsu Architects, in 2016. At 6a he was a project director for the new contemporary art centre Raven Row in Spitalfields, the South London Gallery in Peckham, and Cowan Court, a new halls of residence at Churchill College, Cambridge. Through his work he has gained experience and interest in working with historic buildings.

Takeshi has lectured at many architectural schools including the Chelsea College of Art, the University of Cambridge, Bartlett and the Architectural Association. He has taught at Cardiff University and Diploma technology courses at Kingston University. He currently runs postgraduate units at Kingston University and Central Saint Martins. His research interest focuses on craft, material and traditional building techniques.

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Research expertise

Takeshi's research interest focuses on craft, material and traditional building techniques.

Selected work:

Cowan Court, Churchill College, University of Cambridge (6a architects)
Project director for creating new halls of residence within Grade II listed post-war Modernist college campus, using a contemporary engineered timber frame construction method.

South London Gallery, Peckham London (6a architects)
Project architect for construction of new extensions to an existing Grade II listed Victorian/ Edwardian contemporary art gallery.

Raven Row Gallery, Spitalfield London (6a architects)
Project architect for creating a new contemporary art gallery within Grade I listed Georgian town house. Project involved conservation of historic building fabric, new extension and contemporary refurbishment to the existing building.

George Romney's Studio, Hampstead London (6a architects)
Project architect for refurbishing and converting an existing Grade I listed 18th century timber frame house.

Hayward Gallery Pavilion, South Bank London (Haworth Tompkins)
Project architect for new extension to an existing 1960s art gallery working with artists Dan Graham.

London Library, St James Square London (Haworth Tompkins)
Lead designer for extension and refurbishment of the Grade II listed Victorian library.

Alongside his practice Takeshi conducts the annual self-building projects with his MArch Unit 5 at Kingston University for temporary or semi-permanent installations, engaging with external institutions such as Dorich House Museum in Kingston Hill, Weald and Downland Open Air Museum in West Sussex, and Barbican Centre in City of London. He also runs an experimental bronze-casting module for the MArch course investigating the material potential for architectural ironmongery application.

Takeshi also runs a live project unit for the MArch course at Central Saint Martins, engaging with the contemporary art institution Grizedale Arts in Coniston, Cambria. He is currently conducting student-led research projects on John Ruskin and reworking on the Arts and Crafts Movement in the UK.

Professional activity

  • 2006 - 20166a Architects Director
  • 2006Hayatsu Architects Director
  • 2001 - 2006HaworthTompkins
  • 1997 - 2000David Chipperfield Architects

Educational and professional qualifications

  • 2003ARB


Kintaikyo - Building a Japanese Bridge. 14 September–16 November 2012, Embassy of Japan in the UK.
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Japanese Avant-garde 'red school' and UK contemporary crafts 2016 Dorich House Museum
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