Judges

Third round of judges / Final judging.

Creators, experts, media and critics that represent the design world of Japan serve as the judges.
Presidents of the DSA and JCD serve as the chairman and vice chairman of the award committee.


Special judges (in random order and titles omitted)

  • TOYOGUCHI Kyo

    Professor Emeritus Nagaoka Zokei University

    Born in Tokyo in 1933. After graduating from the Department of Industrial Design, Faculty of Engineering, Chiba University, he worked for Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. before becoming a professor at Tokyo Zokei University in 1979, president of Tokyo Zokei University in 1984, and president and chancellor of Nagaoka University of Art and Design from 1994 to 2014. he received the Katsumi Masaru Award from JIDA in 1997, the Design Merit Award from the Ministry of International Trade and Industry in 1999, and the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon in 2009. He has served as an officer of many other academic societies and associations. Currently, he is a professor emeritus at Tokyo Zokei University and Nagaoka University of Art and Design, as well as an advisor to the Mountain Life Revitalization Organization, where he focuses on solving regional issues.

  • TOKOLO Asao

    Artist

    Born in 1969 in Tokyo, Japan. He studied architecture from an early age under Shin Egashira, and since September 11, 2001 he has been creating patterns on the theme of "connecting", working at the interface between art, architecture and design. He has been working at the interface between art, architecture and design, creating crests and patterns based on simple geometric principles that can be reproduced with a ruler or compass, as well as designing and creating three-dimensional objects using the same principles. His major works include the facade glass pattern for the lower level of the Dainagoya Building, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic emblems, and outdoor sculptures for the Otemachi Park Building. 2016- Part-time lecturer at the University of Tokyo Faculty of Engineering. 2018- Part-time lecturer at the University of Tokyo Faculty of Liberal Arts.

  • SAITO Seiichi

    Panoramatiks Director

    Born in Kanagawa in 1975, Mr. Saito began his career in New York in 2000 after graduating from Columbia University with a Master of Science degree in Advanced Architectural Design (MSAAD). Since then, he has been active in creative work at the ArnellGroup, and returned to Japan upon being selected for the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial 2003. He produces works in the commercial art field which are three-dimensional and interactive while also being based on the firm grounding in logical thought that he cultivated through architecture. Mr. Saito has won numerous international awards since 2009. Launched Rhizomatiks Co.,Ltd. in 2006. Since 2016, he serves as director of Rhizomatiks Architecture.
    Vice Chairman of Good Design Award 2018–21. Creative Adviser of 2020 Dubai Expo Japan pavilion. An expert for the Peoples’s Living Lab Promotion Council for Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai, Japan.

  • CHIBA Manabu

    Professor at the Graduate School of Engineering of the University of Tokyo / Architect

    Manabu CHIBA was born in 1960 in Tokyo. He worked at NIHON SEKKEI and before establishing Chiba Manabu Architects in 2001. He set up his own laboratory at the University of Tokyo in 2001 and has been a professor at the Graduate School of Engineering of the University of Tokyo since 2013. His laboratory focuses on researching architectural and urban spaces as well as engaging in practice, as in the case of the Great East Japan Earthquake Reconstruction Project. His laboratory produces versatile talents for various fields. Awards he received include the Architectural Institute of Japan Award for “Japan Guide Dog Center” and the Togo Murano Award for “The Kogakuin University 125th Memorial Education Center.”
    ※Photo: Wu Chia-Jung

  • IGARASHI Taro

    Architectural History & Architectural Critic / Professor of Tohoku University

    He has served as Artistic Director of Aichi Triennale 2013 and Commissioner of the Japanese Pavilion at the 11th Venice Biennale of Architecture. He has supervised exhibitions such as “Impossible Architecture”, “Window Exhibition: A Journey of Art and Architecture through Windows”, and “Revealing Decoration: Rediscovering the Architecture of Nihonbashi”. He was awarded the 64th Art Encouragement Prize for New Artists by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and the 2018 Architectural Institute of Japan Education Award (educational contribution). He is the author of “Architecture in Tokyo” (Misuzu Shobo) and many other books.

  • YAMAMOTO Naomi

    Chief Creative Officer, SHISEIDO CO., LTD.

    After graduating from Musashino Art University in 1987, she joined the SHISEIDO Creative Division and took on roles such as a designer and art director in advertisement production and space design until relocation to New York to further build on her career. Upon returning to Japan in 2004, she took charge of MAQuillAGE and other China brands in succession as Creative Director. In 2015, she was assigned a post of Creative Design Director, and Creative Director & Chief Creative Officer in 2018. She has received awards such as “Power List 2020”, “In-House Agency of the Year 2019”, “Display Design Award, Grand Prix”, “Dentsu Award”, “NYADC Award”, and “D&AD.”

  • WATANABE Kotaro

    Context Designer at Takram, Guest professor at Keio University SFC

    Kotaro aims to turn users into creators, and consumers into artists, through involving people in design activities. His work range from vision setting for organizations, service design to art projects. Past works include FLORIOGRAPHY, a collaborative project of flower and letter-writing with ISSEY MIYAKE, branding of Morioka Shoten, a bookstore that sells a single book at a time, and NIKKEI, the owner of the Financial Times, among others. Graduated from Keio University SFC, Kotaro is also an author of several books, and a radio personality, expanding the boundaries between design, culture and art.

  • KOSAKA Ryu

    Creative Director at NOMURA A.N.D.

    Born in Tokyo in 1960, he graduated from Musashino Art University with a degree in architecture in 1984, and joined Nomura Co. Currently Executive Creative Director of the Creative Center and President of A.N.D. He is also a part-time lecturer at the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, University of Tokyo, and has given numerous lectures. He is the first Japanese to win the “Best Bar” award in the bar category of the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards 2014, a prestigious international award in the UK. He has designed many popular restaurants, hotels, and residences in Japan and abroad, including “W Guangzhou FEI” (Guangzhou, China), which won a total of eight awards and nine titles, including the first Japanese winner of the “Best Bar” award at the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards 2014.

  • SATOH Taku

    Graphic Designer / TSDO Inc. Chairman / Japan Graphic Designers Association Inc. President

    Graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts, Department of Design, in 1979, then from its Graduate School in 1981. Satoh’s work includes packaging design (LOTTE XYLITOL Gum, Meiji Oishii gyunyu), logo design (21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa; National Museum of Nature and Science, Tokyo), poster graphics, as well as on branding and corporate identity (CI) programs. He provides art direction on the educational channel of NHK Television, Nihongo de Asobo, overall direction for Design Ah! on the same channel, and overall direction of 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT. He has planned exhibitions such as water, JOMONESE, Design Anatomy and Design Ah!. His publications include Sosuru Shiko (Shinchosha).

  • YOKOKAWA Masaki

    President of the Wellcome Group

  • Peggy Lui

    Director of Merci Media Corporation, Editor-in-Chief of Merci Magazine, Representative of Sky Design Awards

    Peggy was born in Hong Kong in 1975 and raise up in Belgium and Canada. She established Merci Media Corporation in 2013, interviews curators and designers in the architectural and design industry, included notable entrepreneurs for the lifestyle and design Magazine, and specializes in brands and business strategies for the corporation. She was nominated as Co-Chair of Communication & Events in RDI (Retail Design Institute) Hong Kong Chapter in 2016. In 2019, Sky Design Awards was established.

  • ISHIBASHI Katsutoshi

    Director, Media Group, AXIS Inc.

    Graduated from the Arabic department of Osaka University of Foreign Studies. From 1998 to 2017, he was the editor-in-chief of the design magazine AXIS. AXIS is a bilingual design magazine launched in 1981 that captures all social events from a design perspective and conveys the latest information. Web magazine AXIS is also sending out information about design every day.

  • NAGAYAMA Yuko

    Yuko Nagayama & Associates

    Born in 1975. Completed Showa Women’s University in 1998. After working at Jun Aoki & Associates, established Yuko Nagayama & Associates in 2002. Representative works: “Louis Vuitton Kyoto Daimaru”, “a hill on a house”, “ANTEPRIMA”, “Kayaba Coffee”, “SISII”, “Kiya Ryokan”, “Teshima Yokoo House”, “SEIBU SHIBUYA A・B bld. 5th floor”, ”Central Garden - Goddess of The Forest”. Received awards: L’Oreal Encouragement Award, JCD Design Award, AR Award 2006 “a hill on a house”, ARCHITECTURAL RECORD Award, Design Vanguard 2012, JIA Young Architect Award 2014 “Teshima Yokoo House”, Yamanashi Cultural Prize of Architecture 2017, JCD Design Award 2017 Silver Award, Tokyo Architecture Award 2018 Excellent Award ”Central Garden - Goddess of The Forest”etc. Currently working on the Japanese pavilion for Dubai Expo (2021), a high-rise building in Kabukicho, Shinjuku (2022), and Tokyo Torch in Tokiwabashi.
    Photo: Kazumi Kiuchi


Judging Committee Chair

  • KUBOTA Shigeru

    Kubota Architects & Associates Inc. President / Board Chairman JCD

    Born in Tokyo in 1969, Kubota worked for a design firm before going independent in 1999, and established the Kubota Architecture and Urban Research Institute in 2003. In 2003, he established Kubota Architecture and Urban Research Institute, and has been designing a variety of genres and formats, focusing on architecture, interiors, and products. He is also involved in planning, development and production, and proposes the creation of places where people gather and communities are born. His representative works include “The WAREHOUSE” in Kawasaki, general production and space design for “METoA Ginza”, “Mercedes-Benz Connection” in Roppongi, etc., “Imabari Towel Aoyama”, “café 1886 at Bosch”, “UT STORE HARAJUKU. Galaxy Harajuku”, etc.


Judging Vice Chairman

  • SUZUKI Shigechiyo

    NOMURA Co., Ltd. Managing Executive Creative Director / Board Chairman DSA

    Born in 1956. He has been involved in design and art direction for a wide range of commercial facilities, corporate PR facilities, and museums, and has created works with a strong theme. He has received numerous awards, including the Grand Prix and Excellence Award at the Japan Display Design Awards, the Minister of International Trade and Industry Award, and the Good Design Award. Recent representative works include “Otemachi Cafe”, “Masahiko Inoue’s Last Manga Exhibition”, and “Ocha no Kyoto Expo”.

First and second round of judges.

Judges are specialists who are well-versed and experienced in spatial design.


◼️ Second round of judges

Full-time Jury
JCD / IIJIMA NaokiTASAI Toru
DSA / WATANABE Yoshiharu、YOSHINAGA Mitsuhide、KANDA Atsushi、TAKAHASHI Hisaya、SHITSUGYO Akihiko

Group A Jury
JCD / KAMIKOCHI TaisukeOHARA NobukoTAKEISHI MasanobuKASAHARA Eriko
DSA / ONISHI Akira、NAKAI Toshiaki、OMORI Akiko、YANO Yoshiaki

Group B Jury
JCD / SHIOMI IchiroORIHARA MikiKIMIZUKA Ken、MIZUTANI Akito、NIIMIYA Kazuyuki
DSA / MORITA Shoichi、TSURUTANI Mai、HIRASAWA Futoshi、TAKEDA Kazuhiro 、INOSE Kyoshi

Group C Jury
JCD / HAGIWARA Tsuyoshi、SAITO Shinobu、TSUNEGA Shigeki、MURAMATSU TomoyasuMORITA Masami
DSA / TANAKA Toshitake、ASHIDA Mitsuyo、KATO Tsuyoshi、YUZAWA Sachiko、ECHIZEN Hiroaki


◼️ First round of judges

Group A Jury
KENMOCHI Yoshimi、OKABAYASHI Rii、FUKAMACHI Toshihiko、KINOUCHI Noriko、IKEGAI Tomoko、ODA Hideki
DSA / YAMADA Ryuta、TSUYAMA Ryuji、HADA Hideaki、TAKAI Ryo、ISHIKAWA Takahiro、NISHIYAMA Kenichi、KIKUCHI Taisuke、MINEGISHI Ai、SATO Fuminao、HASEGAWA Mari、MURAKAMI Tomonori、SANAI Minoru、YAMAUCHI Reiko、FUKUDA Kazuo、Osugi Naoko、NAGATA Masayoshi

Group B Jury
JCD / UCHIYAMA Keiko、TAKAHASHI Megumi、KIMURA Rinka、KOIZUMI MakotoFUMITA AkihitoMURAKAMI Atsushi、KIMURA Yoshihide、NATSUME TomomichiYAMAMOTO TatsuoTORII YoshinoriNAKAMURA YusukeYAMASATO Kenichi、NIWA Hiroyuki、OTSUKA Shinji、SHINAGAWA Masayuki
DSA / ISHIZAKA Taro、ONISHI Yuichiro、EBINA Shun、AKAMINE Takeo、TAKAHASHI Kenji

Group C Jury
JCD / AZUMA ToshieSHINDO Chikara、OCHIAI Moriyuki、 IEDOKORO RyojiIWAMOTO Katsuya、OTAKI Harumichi、NAKAMURA Shigeo、SANO Atsushi、FUJISAKA HIrokuni、HISHITA Daisuke
DSA / KASUGA Yasushi、NEISHI Kazuo、SOTANI Nobuhiro、KOMATSU Ikkaku、FURUSAWA Kimie、KADOYA Osamu、KURODA Chikako、KURIHARA Takahiro、YUASA Tadashi、OKUDA Ryuichi

※ The second jury (group jury) will also serve as the first jury.
※ Please note that the jury is subject to change. We ask for your understanding.