Message from the First UNESCO Chair Professor

Masuda Kanefusa, The First UNESCO Chair Professor for DMUCH

Kanefusa Masuda was born in 1944 in Yokohama city. He served as a heritage conservation architect in Kyoto prefectural government for 10 years, and then as a heritage researcher for 22 years at the Agency for Cultural Affairs (ACA) of the Japanese government. He received a Ph.D. in architectural history from Kyoto University in 1994 when he organized the Nara conference on the Authenticity of World Cultural Heritage. Dr. Masuda served as a professor at Tokyo National University of the Arts, and then joined the establishment of the Research Center for Disaster Mitigation of Urban Cultural Heritage(DMUCH) of Ritsumeikan University in 2004. He was appointed as the first UNESCO Chair Professor on Cultural Heritage & Disasters and started the International Training Course(ITC) in 2006. Dr. Masuda retired as a Professor from the DMUCH in 2011 and serves as a staff member of NPO Tomorrow’s Kyoto.