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Ayako Fukushima Last modified date:2021.06.04

Associate Professor / Architectural History and Heritage Studies
Department of Environmental Design
Faculty of Design

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Academic Degree
Ph. D
Country of degree conferring institution (Overseas)
Yes Bachelor Master Doctor
Field of Specialization
Historic Preservation
Total Priod of education and research career in the foreign country
Outline Activities
Ayako Fukushima is specialized in heritage studies. Recent research theme is the evaluation of intangible values of tangible cultural heritage including assessment of values of building/maintenance of Catholic/Christian Churches in Japan, Hong Kong and other places.

From 1999 to 2001, worked as a UNV Specialist in Cultural Heritage at UNESCO Beijing Office. There Ms. Fukushima has been engaged in project management of UNESCO's Cultural Heritage Conservation projects in China. Upon the completion of the service at UNESCO, Ms. Fukushima worked for Cultural Heritage Protection Cooperation Office of Asian/Pacific Cultural Center for UNESCO as a coordinator of the international heritage training course.
In 2002, Ms. Fukushima went to USA as a Fulbright Scholarship Grantee to attend Master's Program in Historic Preservation at University of Pennsylvania. She completed her Master's program in 2004 and returned to Japan.
Upon her retun, Ms. Fukushima joined CAD CENTER CORPORATION, Tokyo, Japan, and worked as a researcher of Digital Archives Lab, where she implemented Web3DGIS project etc.
Since 2006, she joined Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan. Current major research themes include conservation and research methods for cultural landscapes, reserch on educational programs for cultural heritage conservation at universities in Japan and overseas, and research on living religious heritage in Japan and overseas.
Research Interests
  • Study on historical development of church building projects in the Modern and contemporary Asia
    keyword : church building, Catholic, building projects, organization
  • A study on the development and relation of urbalization and religious heritage
    keyword : urbanization, religious heritage, landscape, church
  • Development and Transition of maintenance of Catholic Churches
    keyword : Catholic, church
    2008.05~2021.03Traditional Management/Maintenance Practices of Catholic Churches and Associated Facilities in Japan, Hong Kong and Macau.
  • Urban Conservation and Community Design in Hong Kong
    keyword : Hong Kong, urban conservation, heritage
    2007.08~2009.05Urbanization, redevelopment and conservation of Hong Kong.
  • Identity and Cultural Heritage of Immigrant Society
    keyword : immigrant, identity, cultural heritage, conservation
  • Research on Cultural Heritage Conservation Education programs at univercities/colleges
    keyword : cultural heritage, conservation education, university, professional
    2006.04~2011.03There has been about 40 years of history of heritage conservation education at Japanese universities. However, heritage education in Japan still needs more improvement. There is also a necessity to rethink/reform how and where conservation professionals work in communinities as well as the whole society in Japan. Research focuses on identifying current tasks/problems Japanese conservation education face and also conduct researches on conservation education at universities in overseas. The final objective is to find out what could be the more effective conservation education in Japan..
  • Research on Conservation Method for Cultural Landscape
    keyword : cultural landscape, conservation
    2006.04~2013.03Following adaptation of Landscape Law and ammendment of the Law for the Protection of the Cultural Properties in adding a new category of "cultural landscape" in 2005, there has been increased attention and launch of cultural landscape projects in Japan. However, conservationist as well as any other professionals don't have enough experience in conservation of cultural landscape. The research focuses on identifying current problems/tasks in cultural landscape conservation in Japan as well as development of new method in landscape conservation..
Current and Past Project
  • Historical development of Traditionl Management/Maintenance Practices for Catholic Churche and Associated Facilities in Japan, Hong KOng and Macau
  • The research aims to figure out the traditionally established system which formed and maintained the landscape of Christian vilalges in the southern Goto area, Kyushu, Japan. Those landscapes are formed as results of various daily activities of agriculture, fishing as well as activities related to believes in Christianity by villagers. The understanding of the traditional methods will contribute to the management of the area in a sustainable way in the future as well.
Academic Activities
1. Conservation and Management of Living Religious Heritage in Urban Areas.
2. Heritage Management Education at Institute for Tourism Studies, Macau.
3. Educational Programs for Urban Conservation in Asia
- Case Studies on Hong Kong and Macau through Architectural Conservation Program and Cultural Heritage Management Program of Hong Kong and Institute for Tourism Studies in Macau -.
Emergence of Church and School Complex in the 1950s, 日本建築学会計画系論文集,, 85, 768, 453-462, 2020.02.
2. Maintenance and post-disaster restoration of Catholic Tetori church.
3. Ayako Fukushima, SOCIAL AND POLITICAL FACTORS IN INDUCTION OF CATHOLIC CHURCHES IN HONG KONG, 日本建築学会計画系論文集, 758, 977-986, 2019.04.
4. Ayako Fukushima, A comprehensive survey of Catholic churches in Hong Kong from 1945 to 1955, AIJ Journal of Technology and Design, 10.3130/aijt.25.467, 25, 59, 467-472, 2019.02, This study aims, through a comprehensive survey, to identify all the Catholic churches in Hong Kong, which were established between 1945 and 1955. It was revealed that “chapels in refugee settlements” emerged in the early 1950s due to the influx of refugees from China whereas “stand-alone churches” and “mission stations,” which occupied the majority of churches until the early 20th century, decreased. Another type of church emerged was “church and school complex,” which was a school building that had a permanent parish church space inside. Such type of church was devised to cater for a rapid increase of young population..
5. Ayako Fukushima, Laity Involvement in Catholic Church Buildings of Hong Kong: Interpretation within Religious, Social and Political Contexts from the 1950s to 2015, 九州大学大学院 博士(工学)学位論文, 2016.03.
6. Ayako Fukushima, Yoshitake Doi, The Catholic Building Professional Advisory Group and its Spirituality: laity involvement in church building system of the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong, 日本建築学会 日本建築学会計画系論文集 Journal of Architecture and Planning, 80, 708, 429-439, 2015.02.
Church building system of the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong, 日本建築学会, 日本建築学会計画系論文集 2013年6月 第78巻 第688号 Journal of Architecture and Building Science, Vol.78, No. 688, June 2013, 78, 688, 2013.06.
8. Ayako Fukushima, Catholic laity involvement in church building project: management of church building projects in the Hong Kong Catholic Diocese from the 1960s to present, 日本建築学会計画系論文集, 76, 667, 1711-1719, 2011.09.
9. Ayako Fukushima, Demolition of Tangible Properties as an Intangible Practice : To Respect or Not?, World Heritage and Tourism : Managing for the Global and the Local, 519-537, 2011.02.
10. Ayako Fukushima, An Examination of the Roles of Higher Education in Heritage Conservation, 2010 World Universities Congress Proceedings II, II, 1683-1693, 2010.10.
11. Ayako Fukushima, Tadashi takao, Junne Kikata, Tourism Management and Public Participation in Landscape Management through the Landscape Act in Japan, Proceedings of 2nd UNESCO-ICCROM Asian Academy for Heritage Management Conference: Urban Heritage and Tourism: Challenges and Opportunities, 2009.12.
12. Ayako FUKUSHIMA, Junne KIKATA, Tadashi TAKAO, Hisashi SHIBATA, Preserving the "shell" and Regenerating the spirit
- Case Study of Christian churches in islands in the southern Japan -, ICOMOS, 2008.09.
13. Urban Conservation Education at The University of Hong Kong
- Program's Role and Function in and beyond the Hong Kong Society -.
1. Ayako Fukushima, Values of building and maintenance activities for the Catholic churches in Hong Kong and Japan, 暨南大学“重大工程灾害与控制”教育部重点实验室学术讲座 , 2016.09.
3. The Transition of the Definition and Recognition of "the Laity" in the Catholic Church in the Modern and Contemporary Periods and its Relation with Church Building Activities : Comparative studies on the history of the modern and contemporary church architecture 4.
4. Process and Organizational Structure for Redevelopment of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Wanchai.
5. Tourism Management and Public Participation in Landscape Management Through the Landscape Act in Japan.
6. Heritage Conservation and Conservation Education in Australia.
7. Research on Educational Programs for Cultural Heritage Conservation at Universities/Colleges
- Analysis on Educational Approaches of Architectural Conservation Program of University of Hong Kong -.
Membership in Academic Society
  • Architectural Institute of Japan
  • ICOMOS(International Council on Monuments and Sites)
Educational Activities
Museum Studies
Heritage Studies
Heritage Management (Master's course)
Basic of Design Literacy
Senior Project I
Senior Project II
Advanced Project 3 of Environment and Heritage Design (Master's course)
Other Educational Activities
  • 2009.06, Accepted and instructed intern students from Heritage Management program of Institute for Tourism Studies, Macau, from June to Augst 2009 at Kyushu University. Intern students have participated in various projects related to Japan, Hong Kong and Macau. .
  • 2008.06, Accepted and instructed intern students from Heritage Management program of Institute for Tourism Studies, Macau, from June to Augst 2008 at Kyushu University. Intern students have participated in various projects related to Japan, Hong Kong and Macau. .
  • 2007.04.
  • 2005.11.
  • 2004.09.