René Kural

René Kural

Architect, PhD


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Curriculum vitae

Associate Professor, PhD, Architect MAA René Kural is the former director of the Centre for Sports and Architecture and Activity- and health-enhancing Physical Environments Network (APEN). He is still the Director of the international network Active Cities Network (ACN). René has just been appointed director of the Union Internationale des Architectes (UIA), Sports & Leisure Group WP. He is an independent practicing architect with his firm René Kural Architects. Since 1996, René Kural has been involved in research, communication, counseling and development of Danish and foreign municipalities, architectural firms, government agencies and foundations.

René Kural is the author of ten books, of which the latest is The Town Hall at the Edge of the Forest about Søllerød Town Hall by Arne Jacobsen and Flemming Lassen. He has also contributed a large number of articles and feature articles on body culture, urban planning, urban space, landscape and architecture for Danish and international magazines. He recently served as visiting professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology and (ToKoDai) and Tokyo University of Science (TUS). René Kural is the Danish member of the Union International des Architectes (UIA) Sports and Leisure Group. In 2013, winner of the Olympic Committee (IOC / IAKS) bronze for Herning Football Exploratorium in collaboration with GBH Landscape Architects, and the same year recipient of the President’s Award, Tokyo University of Science. 

René Kural has been Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, New York, at Tokyo Tech, Tokyo University of Sciense for several years, and has been invited as lecturer to Asia and most countries in Europe.

Research area

  • City
  • City Planning
  • accesability
  • Urban Medicine
  • Construction
  • Architecture
  • Institutional estates
  • Urban planning
  • Building for sport and leisure
  • Cultural buildings
  • hospitals
  • schools
  • Spaces for body culture
  • Spaces for seniors
  • Health
  • Japanese architecture and urban planning
  • Theory and philosophy
  • Theory about Cities and architecture,