Tomohiro Tachi is an associate professor in graphic and computer sciences at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the University of Tokyo.
He studied architecture and received his Masters and Ph.D. degrees in engineering from the University of Tokyo. He has been designing origami since 2002 and exploring spatial, kinematic, and structural origami through computation.
Tachi developed several software tools for origami design. “Origamizer” (2008) generates the crease pattern on a sheet of paper that folds to a given three-dimensional polyhedral mesh. “Freeform Origami” (2010) is an interactive design system, in which users can explore the design space of rigidly foldable origami, i.e., a deployable system composed of rigid panels and hinges.
These computational origami tools are available from his website. Tachi is also active in creating novel structural systems and cellular materials that exhibit peculiar flexibility and stiffness through geometry and graphics.