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Jo Nagasaka, Schemata Architects, Tokyo

- Andrea Caputo

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

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