Yuko Nakamura

PhD Candidate at Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures Program

ABOUT

I am Yuko Nakamura, a PhD candidate in architecture with a concentration in Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. I also serve as the junior convener of Transnational Asia/Pacific Section of American Folklore Society. For the 2012–14 academic years, I served as a Fulbright scholar from Japan.

Based in Tokyo, I am currently working on my dissertation about women's tactical uses of non-domestic spaces in Tokyo, Japan, 1868–1937. By following their emerging activities, such as education, socializing, working, leisure, and transit, I explore how they operated in multiple types of spaces, such as schools, workplaces, eating and drinking establishments, shopping and entertainment venues, as well as streets, train cars, and stations.

During the time in Milwaukee, I conducted research on ordinary people's uses of public spaces in both urban and suburban neighborhoods.

EDUCATION

PhD Candidate (ABD) in Architecture
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee | Milwaukee, WI
- Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures Program with University of Wisconsin-Madison

2012–PRESENT
IN PROGRESS

MArch in Urban Design
University College London | London, UK
- Bartlett School of Architecture

2008–09

BEng in Urban Engineering with Urban Planning Concentration
University of Tokyo | Tokyo, JP
- Senior Thesis Project at Behavior in Networks Studies Unit

2004–08



HONORS, AWARDS & FELLOWSHIPS

Japan-United States Fulbright Graduate Scholarship
Japan-United States Educational Commission | Tokyo, JP

2012–14

Distinguished Graduate Student Fellowship Award
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee | Milwaukee, WI

2014–15

Scholarship for Long-Term Graduate Study Abroad
Japan Student Services Organization | Tokyo, JP

2014–PRESENT
DECLINED 2014–15

21st Century Study Abroad Fellowship
21st Century Cultural and Academic Foundation | Tokyo, JP

2012–13
DECLINED

Bob Greenstreet Honorary Scholarship Award
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee | Milwaukee, WI

2015

Scott Opler Graduate Student Fellowship
Society of Architectural Historians | Chicago, IL

2017

Gerald L. Davis Travel Award
American Folklore Society | Bloomington, IN

2015, 16

Travel Subsidiary for Workshop "Reading Place in Edo and Tokyo"
UCLA/Waseda University Yanai Tadashi Initiative for Globalizing Japanese Humanities | Los Angeles, CA

2016

Pamela H. Simpson Presenter’s Fellowship
Vernacular Architecture Forum | Harrisonburg, VA

2015

Sponsored Student Scholarship
For Humanities Intensive Learning and Teaching
Maryland Institute for Technology for the Humanities | College Park, MD

2014

Digital Humanities Lab Training Award
For Humanities Intensive Learning and Teaching
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee | Milwaukee, WI

2014

Presenter Registration and Membership Waiver
Oral History Association | Atlanta, GA

2014

Graduate School Travel Grant
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee | Milwaukee, WI

2013, 14, 15, 16

PhD in Architecture Program Travel Grant
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee | Milwaukee, WI

2013, 14, 15



CONFERENCE PAPERS

“Modern, Urban, and Ephemeral: Vernacular Architecture in Japan.” [en]
2017 Society of Architectural Historians Conference | Technology & Innovation Centre, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland.

JUNE 7–11, 2017
With Kosei Hatsuda

“Socializing and Placemaking of Middle-Class Women in Tokyo, Japan, 1868–1937.” [en]
2016 American Folklore Society/International Society for Folk Narrative Research Joint Annual Meeting | Hyatt Regency Miami, FL.

OCTOBER 19–22, 2016

“Gendered Politics of Space: Interpreting the Campuses for Women’s Higher Education in Pre-WWII Tokyo as a Record of Negotiation.” [en]
2016 Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL.

OCTOBER 14–16, 2016

“The Gendered Spatial Politics in Modern Japan: A Case Study of the Women's Specialized School Campuses in Pre-WWII Tokyo.” [en]
The 8th Biennial Urban History Association Conference | Corboy Law Center, Loyola University Chicago, IL.

OCTOBER 13–16, 2016

“The Gendered Landscapes of Higher Education: Interpreting the Campuses of Women’s Specialized Schools in Pre-WWII Tokyo, Japan as 'Negotiated Space.'” [en]
2016 Vernacular Architecture Forum Conference | Durham Convention Center, Durham, NC.

JUNE 1–4, 2016

“'Context' in Vernacular Architecture Studies and Its Connections to Landscapes and Infrastructure Studies.” [ja]
2015 Conference for Architecture and Infrastructure Environment, Japan Society of Civil Engineers | Kokushikan University, Tokyo, JP.

DECEMBER 11–13, 2015

“Vector Ecologies, Spatial Encounters, and Gender Enactments: A Historical Ethnography of Women’s Placemaking in Tokyo, Japan, after the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake.” [en]
2015 American Folklore Society Annual Meeting | Westin Long Beach, CA.

OCTOBER 14–17, 2015

“Placemaking as Performance: Boulevard Inn in Milwaukee, Wisconsin as a Case Study.” [en]
2015 Vernacular Architecture Forum Conference | Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL.

JUNE 3–7, 2015

“In the Backstage: Occupational Affects in Making a Place for Holiday Eating at Boulevard Inn, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.” [en]
2014 American Folklore Society Annual Meeting | Santa Fe Convention Center, NM.

NOVEMBER 5–8, 2014

“Reconstructing Place from Olfactory Narratives: North Downer Avenue in the Historic Water Tower Neighborhood, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.” [en]
2014 Oral History Association Annual Meeting | Madison Concourse Hotel, WI.

OCTOBER 8–12, 2014

“Identifying “Common” Places as Cultural Resources: An Experimental Study on the Transmission of People’s Systems to Evaluate Vernacular Places.” [en]
2013 American Folklore Society Annual Meeting | Omni Hotel Providence, RI.

OCTOBER 16–19, 2013

“A Study on the Values and Meanings of Place in Networks.” [ja]
45th Conference for Infrastructure Planning and Management | Kyoto University, JP.

JUNE 2–3, 2012
With Eiji Hato



INVITED SEMINAR TALKS

“Climate, Culture, and Vernacular Architecture.” [ja]
1st Hermeneutics of Landscapes Seminar | Kanazawa College of Technology, Kanazawa, JP.

MARCH 11, 2016

“Methodology of Vernacular Architectural History and Its Recent Development: Architectural History as Part of Urban History.” [ja]
19th Behavior in Networks Seminar: Examining the Potential of Urban Morphology in the History of Architecture and Infrastructure | University of Tokyo, JP.

JANUARY 31, 2015

“Methodology of Vernacular Architectural History: A Case Study of the 2013 Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures Field School at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.” [ja]
17th Behavior in Networks Seminar: Understanding and Applying The History of Urban Disasters and the Process of Landscape Formation | University of Tokyo, JP.

JULY 21, 2013



PROCEEDINGS

“‘Context’ in Vernacular Architecture Studies and Its Connections to Landscapes and Infrastructure Studies.” [ja]
Proceedings of Conference for Architecture and Infrastructure Environment 11. Tokyo: Landscape and Design Committee, Japan Society of Civil Engineers, CD-ROM.

2015

“A Study on the Values and Meanings of Place in Networks.” [ja]
Proceedings of Conference for Infrastructure Planning and Management 45. Tokyo: Committee of Infrastructure Planning and Management, Japan Society of Civil Engineers. CD-ROM.

2012
With Eiji Hato



SELECTED TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Graduate Teaching Assistant in Architecture
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee | Milwaukee, WI
- ARCH 303: Architecture and Environmental Response, Fall 2013
- ARCH 301: Architectural Structures and Construction, Spring 2014.

2013–14



SELECTED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Architectural Designer
Upsetters Architects | Tokyo, JP

2009–11



SELECTED AFFILIATIONS

2013–PRESENT

2013–PRESENT

2015–PRESENT

2015–PRESENT

2016–PRESENT

2016–PRESENT

2015–PRESENT

2014–15


LANGUAGES

Japanese
Native


English
Full Working Proficiency


French
Advanced Proficiency in Writing/Reading
Conversant



CONTRIBUTIONS TO DIGITAL PROJECTS

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Picturing Milwaukee 2013: Historic Water Tower Neighborhood

With a community scholar and a recent graduate from Swarthmore College, I focused on people and places in Downer Avenue, the main street of the neighborhood.
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Picturing Milwaukee 2014: Washington Park Neighborhood

In this individual project, I studied the sense of place at Boulevard Inn, a family-operated restaurant that used to exist in Milwaukee. An excerpt is incorporated as part of the 2014 BLC field school.
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CONTACT

References and CVs are available upon request.

VIRTUAL
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PHYSICAL
School of Architecture and Urban Planning
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
2131 East Hartford Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53211

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