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.
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Yukio Hashimoto, a member of the third and final jury of KUKAN DESIGN AWARD 2022, passed away on 20 March. We would like to express our deepest condolences on his passing and offer our sincere prayers for his repose.
We are pleased to announce that Mr Ryu Kosaka (Executive Creative Director, Nomura Co., Ltd., Interior Designer) has been appointed as the third and final jury member for the new KUKAN DESIGN AWARD 2022.


Special judges (in random order and titles omitted)

  • TOKOLO Asao

    Artist

    Asao Tokolo learned architecture since childhood, including an apprenticeship under Shin Egashira. Since September 11th, 2001, he has been creating patterns with the concept “to connect”. Many of his patterns are based on simple geometry, which can be reproduced using a compass and a ruler. His work is both two-dimensional and three-dimensional, crossing disciplines such as fine arts, design and architecture. His major works include the lower facade glass pattern for Dai Nagoya Building, emblems for The Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the pattern for BAO BAO ISSEY MIYAKE bags and the Tower of Connect, which is a sculpture installed outside Otemachi Park Building. He is a lecturer at the University of Tokyo Faculty of Engineering and a part-time lecturer at the College of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokyo.

  • YAMAMOTO Naomi

    Chief Creative Officer, SHISEIDO CO., LTD.

    Chief Creative Officer, Shiseido Co., Ltd.
    After graduating from Musashino Art University, Yamamoto joined Shiseido Co., Ltd., where she sharpened her skills and developed her own personal style as a designer and art director in the company’s Creative Departments in Tokyo and later in New York. Upon returning to Japan in 2004, she was appointed Creative Director in charge of the new powerhouse brand MAQuillAGE and of an extensive portfolio of Asia- and China-focused brands, a role that deeply enriched her professional experience. In 2015, she was promoted to General Manager of the Creative Division and was further elevated to her current position in 2018. Throughout her career she has amassed an impressive collection of industry awards, such as D&AD, NYADC Award, Power List 2020, In-House Agency of the Year 2019, Display Design Award (Grand Prix), and the Dentsu Award. She is a visiting Professor at Tohoku University.

  • WATANABE Kotaro

    Context Designer at Takram, Guest professor at Keio University SFC

    As a context designer, Kotaro aims to turn users into creators, and consumers into artists, through involving people in design. His activites range from vision setting for organizations, service design to art projects. Past works include FLORIOGRAPHY, a collaborative gift-giving 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. He practices Japanese tea ceremony.

  • KANNAMI Tatsuo

    Design Consultant

    Born in Osaka in 1952. Graduated from Musashino Art University in 1976. Established Kannami Design Institute in 1985. Involved with design strategy development for international companies. Done a lot of branding for new businesses and brands and conducted a lot of collaboration projects with artists, designers and architects in the US and Europe. Has been a creative director for DECORTE since 2010. Appointed as chairperson of Japan Design Space Association in 2011. (has been an honorary chairman since 2017). Appointed as a brand advisory group member for Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2016. Special lecturer for PhD course of Musashino Art University.

  • YUZAWA Sachiko

    Professor of the Department of Architecture and Environmental Design, Tama Art University
    / Interior Architect

    Yuzawa Sachiko, First Class Registered Architect, was born in Tokyo in1965. She graduated from the Department of Fine Art, Faculty of Zokei, Tokyo Zokei University.
    After studying fine art, she worked at Tanseisha Co., Ltd. Afterwards, she taught at the Department of Architecture and Environmental Design of Tama Art University starting from 2004 and served as professor starting from 2020. While engaged in several projects of cultural facility spaces, commercial facility spaces, medical and welfare facility spaces, she grasps interior, architecture and landscape design comprehensively, and conducts cross-disciplinary research in the relationship of people, things and space. She has received many design awards, and her prize-winning works include the Intermediatheqe, Sakata Yumenokura, and John Lennon Museum. As well as Japan Red Cross Blood Donation Room, Japan Red Cross Children’s Home, and more. She has served as the chairperson of Japanese Technical Organization for Commercial Spaces since 2018.

  • TOYAMA Masamichi

    President and CEO, Smiles Co., Ltd.

    Born in Tokyo in 1962. Masamichi Toyama, artist and business leader, is a painter who has held domestic and international solo exhibitions, and the CEO of numerous companies he has founded in various industries such as Soup Stock Tokyo.
    He founded Smiles Co., Ltd. in 2000, which is active in art promotion. Notable exhibitions include “Lemon Hotel” at the 2016 Setouchi Triennale. The company also played a key part in the 2015 Echigo Tsumari Trienniale.
    Currently, Toyama is developing "The Chain Museum”, a new way of exhibiting artworks and supporting artists, as well as a new art application "Art Sticker”. He is a member of the jury for the Good Design Award 2020 and a part-time lecturer at Musashino Art University.

  • KOSAKA Ryu

    A.N.D Executive Creative Director

    Born in Tokyo in 1960, Ryu Kosaka is a graduate of the Musashino Art University's architecture department. He joined Nomura Co., Ltd in 1985 and is currently the executive creative director of the Commercial Facilities Division and the head of Aoyama Nomura Design.

    His work includes the Main Dining Room of the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo, the design of the public spaces and environment for the Shin-marunouchi Buidling (Marunouchi, Tokyo), the JAL Sakura Lounge (Haneda International Airport) and the internationally acclaimed W Guangzhou FEI Ultra Lounge in China for which he became the first Japanese national to be awarded Best Bar at the prestigious Restaurant & Bar Design Awards.

    Ryu Kosaka continues to work on a variety of high-profile projects throughout the world, and is currently leading the global design concept for a prominent apparel brand as well as several residential and hospitality projects.

  • AZUMA Rie

    Azuma Architect & Associates / Architect

    1959 Born in Osaka, Japan
    1982 Graduated from Japan Women’s University
    1984 Graduated from the Graduate School of Architecture, The University of Tokyo
    1986 Graduated from the Graduate School of Architecture, Cornell University
    Established Azuma Architect & Associates

    Main Works
    HOSHINOYA KARUIZAWA (Hotel), Nagano
    HOSHINOYA FUJI (Hotel), Yamanashi
    HOSHINOYA TOKYO (Hotel), Tokyo
    HOSHINOYA OKINAWA (Hotel), Okinawa
    KIKKOSHIN (Residence), Tokyo
    SEAPAL-PIER ONAGAWA (Restaurant & Shop), Miyagi
    Photo: Nacása & Partners Inc.

  • KAMIJYO Masahiro

    "AXIS" Chief editor

    Born in Tokyo in 1970. After graduating from Kuwasawa Design School, he went to France. After returning to Japan, he joined AXIS, Inc. where he worked in magazine sales and editorial work; since 2017, he has been editor-in-chief of the design magazine AXIS.

  • Astrid Klein

    Klein Dytham architecture (KDa) and co-founder

    Born in Varese, Italy, Astrid Klein is a partner at Klein Dytham architecture (KDa) and co-founder of PechaKucha with Mark Dytham. After working at Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects, Astrid and Mark established a multidisciplinary office in Tokyo in 1991, focusing on architecture, interior design, and installations. Representative works include Daikanyama T-SITE (2011), Ginza Place (2016), Hoshino Resorts Risonare Nasu, PokoPoko Clubhouse (2019), toggle hotel, suidobashi (2020), Cartier Shinsaibashi Boutique, Osaka (2021). The office has won numerous international awards, including D&AD, World Architecture Festival, Design for Asia Grand Prize, and two Dezeen Awards in 2021.

  • MORII Yoshiyuki

    cafe co. Interior Designer & Management of Food Service

    Born in Kyoto in 1967.Established cafe co. in 1996.He management his own restaurant, and also designed himself.He also designed house,commercial facility,boutique,club,dining and so on.

    Representative works:2011 IRIS WARTER TERRACE AYAMEIKE(bridal/Nara),2011 MEGU(restaurant/Qatar),2013 Seta Golf Course club house(club house/Shiga),2014 MARCER(restaurant/Tokyo),2014 GREEN RATTAN(restaurant/Tokyo),2017 KYOTO TOWER SANDO(commercial facility/Kyoto),2018 NOGUCHI NAOHIKO SAKE INSTITUTE Inc.(retail・restaurant/Ishikawa),2020 KAMOME SLOW HOTEL(hotel/Hyogo),2020 SHIBUYA FOOD SHOW(commercial facility/Tokyo),2021 RAIZE(nightclub/Tokyo),2021 kojin kyoto(gallery & salon/Kyoto)


Judging Committee Chair

  • 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”.


Judging Vice Chairman

  • 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.

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 / NAGAI Tomohisa、IIJIMA Naoki、TASAI Toru
DSA / WATANABE Yoshiharu、KANDA Atsushi、TAKAHASHI Hisaya

Group A Jury
JCD / KAMIGAICHI Taisuke、KENMOTSU Yoshimi、OHARA Nobuko、TAKEISHI Masanobu
DSA / ONISHI Ryo、YAMADA Ryuta、OHMORI Akiko、YANO Yoshiaki

Group B Jury
JCD / SHIOMI Ichiro、ORIHARA Miki、、KIMIZUKA Ken、MIZUTANI Akito、SHINGU Kazuyuki
DSA / MORITA Syouichi、TSURUTANI Mai、KATAYAMA Yuichi、TAKEDA Kazuhiro、INOSE Hisashi

Group C Jury
JCD / HAGIWARA Takeshi、SAITO Shinobu、TSUNEGA Shigeki、MURAMATSU Motoyasu、HIROOKA Shuhei
DSA / TANAKA Toshitake、KASUGA Yasushi、KATOH Tsuyoshi、YAMAZAKI Midori、ECHIZEN Hiroaki


◼️ First round of judges

Group A Jury
JCD / KAMIGAICHI Taisuke、KENMOTSU Yoshimi、OHARA Nobuko、TAKEISHI Masanobu、RUBIO IWASAKI Keiko、NAKADA Shiro、FUKAMACHI Toshihiko、KINOUCHI Noriko、IKEGAI Tomoko、ODA Hideki
DSA / ONISHI Ryo、YAMADA Ryuta、OHMORI Akiko、YANO Yoshiaki、OTAKA Keiji、TSUYAMA Ryuji、HADA Hideaki、ISHIKAWA Kouji、NISHIYAMA Kenichi、KIKUCHI Taisuke、MINEGISHI Ai、SADAMORI Emiko、HASAGAWA Mari、MURAKAMI Tomomori、SANAI Minoru、YAMAUCHI Reiko、FUKUDA Kazuo、OSUGI Naoko、MATSUO Akira

Group B Jury
JCD / SHIOMI Ichiro、ORIHARA Miki、KIMIZUKA Ken、MIZUTANI Akito、SHINGU Kazuyuki、UCHIYAMA Keiko、TAKAHASHI Megumi、KIMURA Norika、KOIZUMI Makoto、FUMITA Akihito、MURAKAMI Atsushi、KIMURA Yoshihide、NATSUME Tomomichi、YAMAMOTO Tatsuo、TORII Yoshinori、NAKAMURA Yusuke、YAMAZATO Kenichi、NIWA Hiroyuki、OTSUKA Shinji、SHINAGAWA Masayuki、KASAHARA Eriko
DSA / MORITA Syouichi、TSURUTANI Mai、KATAYAMA Yuichi、TAKEDA Kazuhiro、INOSE Hisashi、ISHIZAKA Taro、ONISHI Yuichirou、SAKAI Akira、AKAMINE Takeaki、TAKAHASHI Kenji

Group C Jury
JCD / HAGIWARA Takeshi、SAITO Shinobu、TSUNEGA Shigeki、MURAMATSU Motoyasu、HIROOKA Shuhei、KUBO Hideaki、SHINDO Chikara、OCHIAI Moriyuki、IWAMOTO Katsuya、OTAKI Michiharu、NAKAMURA Shigeo、SANO Atsushi、FUJISAKA Hiromasa、KUSAKA Daisuke
DSA / TANAKA Toshitake、KASUGA Yasushi、KATOH Tsuyoshi、YAMAZAKI Midori、ECHIZEN Hiroaki、KOIWAI Atsuo、NEISHI Kazuo、SOYA Nobuhiro、HAYASHIHARA Daichi、FURUSAWA Kimie、KADOYA Osamu、KURODA Chikako、KURIHARA Takahiro、YUASA Tadasshi、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.