Jo Nagasaka, Schemata Architects, Tokyo
At first, Schemata Architects focused on small-scale projects and commissions where design and architecture students were involved. The division of the studio into two groups — architects and designers — crossed critical moments stemming from exponential work growth and the country’s education model. In Japan, architecture schools prepare students for the work environment by getting them used to hectic schedules, which isn’t the case for design students, who are accustomed to a more relaxed pace.
This dual pace is one of the studio’s main management complexities: in order to control all work phases Jo Nagasaka, the founder, creates maquettes for any space/furnishing, and each week has a reunion with his collaborators for two days, from dawn to dusk, while revising together the projects underway. Team leaders present models and samples and actively take part in the process. During his trips abroad, at least twice a month, the process continues with daily emails via his iPad. www.schemata.jp