Teaching Staff (Landscape Design)

Title Associate Professor
Research Fields Public design / Landscape design
M.Engin., Akita Prefectural University
Bachelor’s (Interior Design), Tama Art University, Tokyo
Selected Professional Experience
Assistant Professor (2013-2017); Associate Professor (2017-Present), Akita University of Art
Teaching Assistant (1995-2007); Assistant Professor (2007-2013), Akita Municipal Junior College of Arts and Crafts
Lecturer, Akita City Vocational School of Arts and Crafts
Recent Activities <Selected projects>

Project management, Oyako de hakken! Hachirogata no suigen tanken tour, Babame gawa hen.[ Discovery tour for parent and child; Exploring the water source of Hachiro lagoon. Babame river version. (Research grant of Itoku regional development foundation.)
Development of a new experiential tour to re-excavate and to be drawn to the resource of Hachiro lagoon and lake. Creating Hachiro lagoon’s treasure map. (Research grant of Itoku regional development foundation.)
Earth resource design workshop, Scholarship donation from RWE Renewable Japan G.K. & Kyuden Mirai Energy company incorporated
Project member, Jizokukano na tasedai kyoso shakai no design/ noson gyoson kyodo atorie gun ni yoru sangyo no saikochiku to tasaina seikatsukei no josei [Designing a sustainable multigenerational co-creative society / reconstitution of industry by joint ateliers in rural area and fostering a variety of living landscape], published quarterly magazine ”Co-atelier”, started the YouTube channel and website. JST-RISTEX selected project.
Coordinator, Ko-atorie Tohoku samitto & marushe [Little atelier Tohoku summit & market]. Sendai
Planning, editing and production of guide map of architecture in the Tohoku Region. 2018 Architectural Institute of Japan Tohoku Conference. Sendai
Coordinator, Machi-aruki [walking around town] workshop. Yurihonjo City, Akita
Signage design, Akita University Hospital outpatient ward
Producer, Akita Sugikoi Project (design competition and seminar)
Producer, Sugi-rabo [Cedar laboratory] (workshop). Akita


<Selected awards / prizes>

Wood Design Award (Producer, ‘Akita-sugi inu [Akita cedar dogs]’ project). Japan Wood Design Award 2015
Gold Award (Project director, ‘JR Akita Station West exit bus terminal’). Good Design Award
Courses Taught
Introduction to Design Seminar
Community Project A
Community Project B


Example Works
秋田駅西口バスターミナル 秋田大学医学部附属病院院内案内図 スギラボ 秋田杉犬
JR Akita Station West exit bus terminal Guide map, Akita University Hospital Sugi-rabo [Cedar laboratory] Akita-sugi inu [Akita cedar dog]
杉まちかざり 天杉シート
Cedar wood ornaments, Akita City Natural Akita cedar sheets

Further details (in Japanese) can be found at the following link: SUGAWARA Kaori (Japanese page)