• [ Jury Chair ]

    Minako Ikeda

    Kyushu University Faculty of Design
    Associate Professor

    She is an Associate Professor from the Kyushu University, Faculty of Design, and she specializes in Information Editing Design and Design History.
    Through her experiences as an editor for magazines and books, she has been working on expanding and theorizing the concept of editing and exploring the possibility of applying it in design fields such as communication, products, and services. In addition, she has been working on projects to design products for modern life and archive traditional techniques to pass on the culture and techniques of traditional crafts.
    Her major editorial books include "Information Design-Design of Intelligibility" (Graphic Sha Publishing, 2002), "Color Edition - History of Japanese Design" (Bijutsu Shuppan Sha, 2003), "Textbook of Editorial Design" (Nikkei Business Publications, the first edition 1999, the 4th edition 2015), "Does Design Need Philosophy?" (Musashino Art University Press, 2019). She has served as a judge in the Good Design Award, Fukuoka Urban Beautification Award, and Fukuoka Prefecture Architectural Award for Artistic Urban Design.

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    Shigenori FUJIKAWA, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor

    International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research, Kyushu University

    Research Center for Negative Emissions Technologies, Kyushu University

    After a Ph.D. degree from Kyushu University in 1999, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Chemistry at Yale University, where he was engaged in chemical research related to pharmaceuticals. Since 2000, he has been working at RIKEN on the development of materials based on chemistry, especially on the development of nanometer-scale structures and materials. In particular, he has focused on research on thin films with a thickness of only about a nanometer. He joined Nanomebrane Technologies, Inc. (established in 2007), a RIKEN venture company, and was in charge of the development of functional thin films (as General Manager of the Development Division). In 2012, he joined the International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research at Kyushu University, where he has been engaged in research on the development of separation membranes for CO2, a greenhouse gas. In 2021, he became a Distinguished Professor at Kyushu University, and also established the Research Center for Negative Emission Technology in Kyushu University, where he is served as a Director. Since last year, he has been promoting a project to capture CO2 from the atmosphere and utilize it effectively as a program manager of the Moonshot-type R&D project promoted by the Cabinet Office to combat global warming.

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    Kyoko Matsuoka

    Principal of Spinglass Architects Inc.

    Kyoko Matsuoka is an architect, who obtained a master’s degree from Columbia University in 1991. As a principal of Spinglass Architects Inc., she has realized various types of architecture, product and civil engineering structures for the past 30 years. Her work includes housing complexes, commercial facilities, and public spaces such as parks and bridges, which constantly concern creating beautiful cityscapes and providing comforts and coexistence between people. They are highly regarded and won many awards. Universities and local governments invited her as a member of faculty or consultation committees, for she is also known as a researcher of urban design. Lately the range of her interests has expanded to execute social experiments, which try to revitalize ‘city center’ with cultural movements. For this activity, she founded a new institute called ‘Community Design for City Center’ in 2020, and has been challenging setting up lots of cultural events by using existing facilities which turned out to be vacant because of COVID-19.

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    Praveen Nahar

    Director of the National Institute of Design(NID)

    Praveen Nahar is Director of the National Institute of Design (NID) Ahmedabad INDIA. He has also been a faculty member of the Product Design.
    With academic qualifications in Production Engineering, Industrial Design and Sustainable Design, He has over 25 years of experience in design teaching, consulting, and research. His range of academic and professional interests include Systems Oriented Design, Design Thinking, Sustainable Design, Public Domain and Strategic Design to name a few. He has been actively involved with academic projects related to Systems Thinking and Design which involves projects with complex issues.
    He has travelled lectured widely and presented his views in various forums and conferences as the key speaker and conducted design workshops in the areas of Systems Oriented Design, Sustainability, and Design Thinking. Nahar has been the key contributor, has served as the jury member, and has also been part of scientific committees, academic, and advisory boards.

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    Andreas Schneider

    IIDj, Institute for Information Design Partner

    Andreas Schneider is one of the founding members of the Institute for Information Design Japan - IIDj, where he has been involved in planning, designing, and editing of publications on Information Design, Urbanism, Architecture, and Mobility since 1999.
    He has been teaching as full-time faculty at the University of the Arts Berlin, Tama Art University Tokyo and the Institute for Advanced Sciences Arts and Media - IAMAS, in Gifu prefecture Japan.
    Over the years he has been invited as visiting faculty, lecturer and curator of symposia and workshops by the National Institute for Design India, the Asian Creative Academy Seoul (Korea), Helwan University Cairo (Egypt), Kadir Has University and Istanbul Bilgi University (Turkey), Aalto University Helsinki (Finland), Waseda University Tokyo, Kyushu University Fukuoka (Japan), and others.
    His long-standing interest is in developing tools for structured thinking that support practice and lead to new approaches to lifelong learning.

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    Ryo Yamazaki

    CEO of studio-L. Professor of the School of Architecture at Kwansei Gakuin University.
    Community designer.
    Social worker.

    Born in Aichi Prefecture in 1973. Completed graduate studies at Osaka Prefecture University and the University of Tokyo. Doctor of Engineering. After working for an architecture and landscape design firm, established studio-L in 2005. Engaged in community design to help local residents solve local problems. Many of his projects are related to community development workshops, comprehensive planning with the participation of residents, and park management with the involvement of citizens.
    He is the author of several books, including "The Origins of Community Design" (Ohta Publishing), “Shrinking Japan” (PHP Shinsho), “Local Gourmet Dairy” (PIE International), and “Designing Cities that Care” (Igaku Shoin).

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