the outline of ARA

History and Purpose of the Association

Association of Railway Architects was founded in September 1954 by railway-architects,in order to spread and advance knowledge about railway architecture, through the exchange of information about domestic and foreign railway architectureand research on building techniques.

After the Minister of Transport approved the establishment of the Association as an incorporated body,railway architects nationwide joined the organization;
We have grown into an organization with500-member corporation and 2900 individual members.


The Association consists of corporate member, individual members, and honorary members.

Main Activities

  1. A monthly newsletter “Railway Architecture News” is published.
    It provides the latest information about domestic and foreign railway architecture.
  2. Association of Railway Architects holds meetings and annually gives awards to recognize our members’ special achievements in the following areas:
    “Architectural Work” contests: Supported by the Ministry of Transport Railway Bureau Chief Award is awarded to the project judged as most excellent.
    “Monograph and Achievement” category: Awards are given for excellent monographs and special achievements.
    “Railway architect’s Meeting”: Architects nationwide engaged in construction and maintenance of railway architecture participate, and report on researchfindings based on professional experience.
  3. We fulfil the association members’ needs for information, by storing and circulating technical information related to railway architecture, and by exchanging information with overseas sources.
  4. Lecture, tours, and architecture exhibits are held at the association headquarters and at branches throughout the nation.

General Information

Name : Association of Railway Architects (Incorporated)
Address : 1-7-1 Uchisaiwai-cho Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 〒100-0011, Japan
Phone : 03-3591-2871