PHILOSOPHY

KA sees its clients as “creative partners,” not a contractor-contractee relationship. We firmly commit ourselves to achieve clients’ goal together through architectural design.

Our ideal design is a combination of particularity and universality, which cultivates a new design trend and attracts people worldwide. That is to say; our solution to specific clients solves not only their specific problems but also ubiquitous issues in the world.

We use an approach which is open to discoveries: exploring all the possible solutions to extract the best solution to each project, without falling into formalism or common styles.

KAMIYA ARCHITECTS is a group of enthusiastic people who hope to make the clients feel excited in every single meeting and presentation throughout both the entire design process and architecture as an outcome.

SHUHEI KAMIYA

Creative Director, 1st‑class certificated Architect

Shuhei Kamiya is a unique architect with international and cross-disciplinary experience

that makes him possible to invent solutions in a wide range of fields from architectural design

to furniture and product design, consulting, and creative directions for the clients’ success.

His strengths are logical thinking as an architect, innovative thinking as an artist, and strategic thinking as a business partner.

Fun, simplicity, beauty, and comfortability are all present simultaneously in his design.

 

Shuhei founded KAMIYA ARCHITECTS after working for two worldwide architects.

Bjarke Ingels is one of the best young European architects, and Shuhei worked for him as a senior architect

of international competitions and large‑scale high‑rise buildings.

In addition, he researched the Nordic culture, selected as the program of the Japanese Government.

 

He had also worked for Kengo Kuma for nine years, one of the leading Japanese architects,

and learned the importance of detailed design and Japanese Craftsmanship. As a chief architect,

he was in charge of variety of projects from large public architecture to furniture and product design.

 

Shuhei is currently working on projects to successes with various clients.




AWARDS

2006SD Review by Kajima Institute Publishing/ SD Prize
2006JT Smoking Style Competition / First Runner-Up
2007Waseda University Ono Azusa Memorial Award in the Field of Art
2007Best Master Thesis Projects (Tokyo Kenchiku Collection) /First Prize
2014Urban Design Cultural Award / First Prize
2016Japan Wood Design Award
2021GOOD DESIGN AWARD
2021KUKAN DESIGN AWARD / GOLD PRIZE
2021AACA AWARD
2022iF DESIGN AWARD
2022Japan Institute of Architects Architecture Selection
2022Architectural Institute of Japan, Young Architect Award

As designer at Kengo Kuma and Associates

2015JCD Design Award / First Runner-Up (Kayanoya in Nihonbashi)
2015Wood Architecture Award by Fukuoka Prefecture / First Prize (Kyushu Geibun Kan Museum Annex)
2016Architectural Institute of Japan / Selected Architectural Designs (Kyushu Geibun Kan Museum Main Building)
2016The Japan Institute of Architects / Excellent Building Selection 100 (Kyushu Geibun Kan Museum Main Building)
2016Japan Wood Design Award (TSUMIKI)

HIS CAREER

His career includes a variety of experiences.

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    Architecture

    Multiple programs such as Museum, hotel, retail, hotel, ranging from super small to Large scale.

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    Pavilion

    Temporary house, Artworks, Teahouse.

  • Products

    Inventing “Japanese Lego” using its local wood, holding workshops in Japan and Europe.

  • Lecture and Research

    Researching into nordic design culture and cities through interviews with creators and curators.

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    Japanese craftsmanship

    Re-branding of local Japanese culture through designs.

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    Creative Direction and Design Consulting

    Supporting local municipalities and companies in creative and design aspects.

COMPANY PROFILE

photos by nanako ono

KAMIYA ARCHITECTS Co.,Ltd

1st‑class certificated architectural firm
Registration No. 356327

4-10-4, Minami Aoyama,
Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062 Japan
CEO: Shuhei Kamiya
Qualification Holders: 1st-class certificated architect: 4

SCOPE OF BUSINESS
1. Design and architecture, landscape, masterplan, consulting
2. Design of renovation of historic buildings
3. Pavilion Planning, Design, Consulting
4. Product Planning, Design, Consulting
5. Publication and translation in the field of architecture and design
6. Lecture and Workshop in the field of architecture and design
7. Branding
8. Any and all businesses incidental to each of the foregoing