Professor of Design Management, Director at Design Management Lab, Ritsumeikan University. Visiting Scholar at Politecnico di Milano.
He holds a master of interdisciplinary information studies from the University of Tokyo, and a bachelor of design and arts from Musashino Art University. Since 1998 he is working as a designer for graphics, products, media, architecture, interior and so on. Furthermore, since 2007 he is working as a professor in design and management at college of business administration, Ritsumeikan University.
His research focuses on the systematic summarization of knowledge relating to design management studies, design-driven innovation and design thinking in the field of business administration.
He organizes many industry-academia collaboration projects in Japan. Currently, he is planning to add the design knowledge to the contents for the program of human resource development (especially, cultivating the leadership of next era) in some Japanese companies (not limited to design firms).