Dr Eime Tobari

Associate Director

BArch MEng PhD

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Eime Tobari is an Associate Director at Space Syntax.

As well as leading on consultancy projects, she is heading the Space Syntax Academy. She qualified as an architect in Japan in 2002 and has extensive research experience, having obtained PhDs in both architecture and sociology.

Since she joined the company in 2007, she has been involved in a range of international projects ranging from complex buildings to city and regional masterplanning. At the building scale, her involvement includes Hillingdon Hospital, the Natural History Museum, the Victoria & Albert Museum and Imperial College, along with a number of office buildings and retail developments. At urban scales, she has worked on a number of site development and public realm projects in the UK as well as international masterplanning projects such as Darwin City Centre in Australia and Chanchung extension in China.

Building on her PhDs on civic engagement and her expertise in evidence-based spatial planning and design for cities at Space Syntax, she promotes city-led initiatives to engage residents and other stakeholders in the area of city planning and urban masterplanning. She is part of the leading members of Tombolo project, which aims to develop a set of digital tools to integrate urban system models. The tools are designed to help cities use evidence and make holistic decisions in their policy making, planning, strategy and projects. She also leads an ongoing project for the City of London to develop a pedestrian model for its administrative area, which helps their policy making and planning.

Education, Awards & Appointments

  • 2008 PhD in Sociology, University of Greenwich
  • 2005 Doctorate of Engineering (Architecture), Tokyo Metropolitan University
  • 2005 Registered architect, Japan
  • 2000 Master of Engineering, Tokyo Metropolitan University
  • 1998  Bachelor of Engineering, Tokyo Metropolitan University

Tobari, E., 2014. Does “civic engagement” work?: Civic engagement of older people and their ‘embeddedness’ in a society in the United Kingdom. Saarbrucken: Scholars’ Press.

Ueno, J. and Tobari, E., 2002. Environment Design in Ageing Society (In Japanese, ‘”Kourei Syakai no Kankyo Design”. Tokyo: Joho.

Selected Projects

Urban Masterplanning

Australia, Darwin City Centre Masterplan
Creation of an urban design strategy for the development of Darwin’s City Centre, with Design Urban for the City of Darwin, the Northern Territory and the Government of Australia.

Derry~Londonderry, Ilex
Urban baseline study and masterplan review for five masterplans and a new bridge across the river Foyle, for Ilex Urban Regeneration Company.

Libya, Shahat
Assistance in the masterplanning of 800 ha site in eastern Libya, with Edward Cullinan Architects for Libya Engineering Office.

Sao Paolo, Via Leopoldina
Spatial analysis and masterplanning advice for Vila Leopoldina area of ca. 110 ha, about 10 km to the northwest of the centre of Sao Paulo in Brazil, for Prefeitura Municipal de São Paulo.

London, Newham Royal Docks
Impact assessment of masterplan options in Royal Docks, for Newham Council.

Site Development

London, Covent Garden
Urban Baseline Study and development proposal evaluation for a development site in Covent Garden, with Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates for Capital and Counties.

London, BBC Television Centre
Urban baseline study, pedestrian movement forecast, public realm design advice and planning support  for the regeneration of the iconic west London site as a residential led mixed used development, with AHMM for Stanhope PLC.

London, Camden Masterplan Audit
Urban baseline study and design assessment for a mixed-use development in Camden Market, with Make Architects for Stanley Sidings Ltd.

London, Imperial College
Campus Baseline Analysis, initial pedestrian movement analysis, programme distribution and opportunities and constraints analysis, with SOM for Imperial College London.

London, Imperial West
Urban Baseline Study and design assessment for an educational complex development in White City, with Aukett Fitzroy Robinson for Imperial College.

London, Croydon Ruskin Square
Public realm evaluation and design advice for a mixed-use development in central Croydon, with Foster and Partners for Stanhope PLC.

Reading, Station Hill
Urban Baseline Study and design assessment using a pedestrian forecast model for a mixed use development outside Reading station, with Allies and Morrison for Stanhope PLC and Benson Elliot Real Estate.

Auckland, Takapuna
Baseline study of Takapuna Central Business District, for North Shore City Council.

Boston, One Congress Street
Masterplanning advice and baseline study with Foster + Partners for a mixed used development in Boston.

Miami Beach, Convention Centre
Spatial baseline study and design appraisal and optimisation for a competition for the redevelopment of the Miami Beach Convention Centre, with Bjarke Ingels and West 8 for Portman Holdings.

Public Spaces

London, Broadgate Arena
Design assessment and pedestrian movement forecast using Agent Based Models, with Arup Associates, for British Land.

London, Sloane Street
Urban baseline study and public realm strategy development for Sloane Street, with John McAslan + Partners, for the Cadogan Estate.

London, Kensington Palace
Public realm design advice for the relocation of the entrance to Kensington Palace in Kensington Gardens, for Historic Royal Palaces.

Manchester, St Peter’s Square
Spatial analysis and strategic design advice for a competition to redesign St Peter’s Square in Manchester, with Gustafson Porter.

New York, Hudson Park and Boulevard
Pedestrian movement forecast for the design of the new Hudson Park and Boulevard. Shortlisted competition entry with Gustafson Guthrie Nichol Ltd. and Allied Works, for Hudson Yards Development Corporation.

Complex Buildings

London, 5 Broadgate
Agent Simulation Model and public realm design advice for the redevelopment of an office building in the Broadgate Estate, with Make Architects for British Land.

Berlin, BIMSB
Creation of a spatial communication strategy for a competition brief for an interdisciplinary research institute in Berlin Mitte, for Max Delbrueck Centre.

Riyadh, SAMBA
Capacity assessment using Agent Simulation Model for the public realm in an office building in Riyadh, for Foster and Partners.

Middlesex, Hillingdon Hospital Pilot
Evaluation of ward layout, focusing on the impact of 100% single room accommodation in hospital wards, for the Department of Health and National Patient Safety Agency.

Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Advice on visitor circulation patterns and capacity of circulation spaces resulting from the new Exhibition Road Entrance and Gallery, with Amanda Levete Architects for the V&A.

London, Natural History Museum
Urban and building baseline study, detailed visitor flow analysis, strategic design advice, wayfinding and visitor experience optimisation, for the National History Museum.