Yoshitaka Uchino

Professional in Architecture Design.

About Yoshitaka Uchino

Yoshitaka Uchino,founder,recerived his Master of Architecture from The University of Tokyo,and Bachelor of Architecture from The University of Tokyo. He joined 'Tokyo Canal Project',collaborated on urban research,proposal on urban design,holding joint exhibition with several architects. His career as an architect started when he has become registered Architect in Japan in 2004,. While studying on 'Spaces of agoras and paths' in post-graduate cource of The University of Tokyo,he has designed houses,restaurants in Tokyo and Ibaraki. When he established Yoshitaka Uchino & YDS Architects, the practice opened the office in Chiyoda(Central Tokyo). Since then,the practice has designed several houses,residential buildings,kindergartens,offices,renovations in Tokyo,Chiba,Kumamoto and so on. In 2016,he has been awarded'Design Top10 Award for Emergent Architect in the world' as the only Japanese from BUILD,UK. In the same year,he has been awarded Excellence and Nominated for 'SIA-GETZ Architecture Prize for Emergent Architecture in Asia' from Singapore Institute of Architects as the only Japanese. Now their projects are in overseas as well as in Japan.

  • Winner of 6 A' Design Awards.
  • 5-Time Winner of Architecture Design Award.
  • Specialized in Architecture Design.
  • 6 Featured Original Designs.
  • Highly Creative, Diligent and Innovative.
  • All Designs
  • Architecture
  • Interior
White Void House

White Void House

Architecture Design

Lighting Beams Residence

Lighting Beams Residence

Interior Design

Solaia Apartment

Solaia Apartment

Architecture Design

Light Terrace House

Light Terrace House

Architecture Design

Forests of Grid Residential building

Forests of Grid Residential building

Architecture Design

Misora renovation Kindergarten

Misora renovation Kindergarten

Architecture Design


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Interview with Yoshitaka Uchino

Could you please tell us more about your art and design background? What made you become an artist/designer? Have you always wanted to be a designer?
Realizing innovative, inspiring, beautiful architectures is the purposes of my life.Since I was a student of the Department of Architecture at Univ. of Tokyo, works and life of Le Corbusier,Tadao Ando, Louis Kahn has been inspiring me.
Can you tell us more about your company / design studio?
YDS Architects design mainly on houses and residential buildings. Our main theme is designing affluent spaces where lights and winds are boutiful. We pursue innovative and beautiful architectures corresponds to the client's needs and other conditions.
What is "design" for you?
Design for me is realizing innovative, beautiful, and stimulating spaces with clear and inspiring visions.
What kinds of works do you like designing most?
Houses and residential buildings. I would like to design mainly architectures which realize people's dreams.
What is your favorite material / platform / technology?
My favorite material is natural wood and stone,for example,natural oak and natural slate stone.
What makes a design successful?
I think the relation with nature while satisfying the functions.
From your point of view, what are the responsibilities of a designer for society and environment?
To achieve the most beautiful and valuable design while taking care of costs,laws,demands.
How do you think the "design field" is evolving? What is the future of design?
I think the traditional architecture would remain in the future.For other parts of design like product design,handmade would be more focused.
When was your last exhibition and where was it? And when do you want to hold your next exhibition?
Our works has been exhibited at several places including A' design award exhibition, LEAF AWARDS FORUM, German design awards exhibition at Frankfurt am main.
Where does the design inspiration for your works come from? How do you feed your creativity? What are your sources of inspirations?
Sources of inspirations comes from the experiences of my travels especially abroad. Also works by Tadao Ando, Le Corbusier, and Louis Kahn has been inspiring me. The most influential inspirations are those of the behavior of nature.
How would you describe your design style? What made you explore more this style and what are the main characteristics of your style? What's your approach to design?
My design style is Mimalism with nature. Using simple geometry like square, circle as a methodology, I would like to integrate future and present, East and West.
Where do you live? Do you feel the cultural heritage of your country affects your designs? What are the pros and cons during designing as a result of living in your country?
I live in Tokyo. Cultural heritage of Japan like Katsura imperial Villa in Kyoto really influences me such as transition of light.
How do you work with companies?
Being the president and principal architect of YDS Architects, I design all the basic and most important concept and supervise all projects.
What are your suggestions to companies for working with a designer? How can companies select a good designer?
Good designer should have tough mind, sincerity, love for cultures and arts.
Can you talk a little about your design process?
First, I decide the main concept while dealing with the laws and costs. After that, I draw preliminary sketches and develop them. We always embrace inspiring and innovative visions and concepts.
What are 5 of your favorite design items at home?
Drawing pens, color pencils, 4B pencils, sketch books, and inspiring books on architectures, villages, and designs.
Can you describe a day in your life?
I am always thinking about design even though when I am off.For example,when I go out to a park with my family,I always see several architectures, and get inspirations from nature.
Could you please share some pearls of wisdom for young designers? What are your suggestions to young, up and coming designers?
They should travel to see the architectures,cities,people living there for themselves.
From your perspective, what would you say are some positives and negatives of being a designer?
Positives are realizing the images.Negatives are the conflicts with costs,demands of clients.
What skills are most important for a designer?
Sincerity as designer for realizing architectures,parts of environments.
What is the most frequently asked question to you, as a designer?
'What is your thinking on architectures? How much does it costs?'
Who are some of your clients?
Individuals, educational corporations, real state companies including Mitsubishi Jisho and Mitsui Fudosan.
What type of design work do you enjoy the most and why?
I enjoy the most designing houses.The reason is that it could be a small universe for the family.
What are your future plans? What is next for you?
I am going to design beautiful and inspiring houses and housings.Also I am focusing on renovations.I would design museums,kindergartens,commercial buildings.
Do you work as a team, or do you develop your designs yourself?
I want to create basic concepts and visions by myself,and develop them as a team.
Do you have any works-in-progress being designed that you would like to talk about?
Misora new building, K Social welfare facilities, House A, House T and so on.
How can people contact you?
Anyone can contact me by e-mail.The addresses are either uchino@ydsaa.net,yoshitaka_u@me.com.

Extended Interview with Yoshitaka Uchino

Could you please tell us a bit about your design background and education?
Realizing innovative, inspiring, beautiful architectures is the purposes of my life.Since I was a student of the Department of Architecture at Univ. of Tokyo, works and life of Le Corbusier,Tadao Ando, Louis Kahn has been inspiring me.
What motivates you to design in general, why did you become a designer?
YDS Architects design mainly on houses and residential buildings. Our main theme is designing affluent spaces where lights and winds are boutiful. We pursue innovative and beautiful architectures corresponds to the client's needs and other conditions.
Did you choose to become a designer, or you were forced to become one?
Design for me is realizing innovative, beautiful, and stimulating spaces with clear and inspiring visions.
What do you design, what type of designs do you wish to design more of?
Houses and residential buildings. I would like to design mainly architectures which realize people's dreams.
What makes a good design a really good design, how do you evaluate good design?
My favorite material is natural wood and stone,for example,natural oak and natural slate stone.
Who are some other design masters and legends you get inspired from?
I think the relation with nature while satisfying the functions.
What is your greatest design, which aspects of that design makes you think it is great?
To achieve the most beautiful and valuable design while taking care of costs,laws,demands.
How could people improve themselves to be better designers, what did you do?
I think the traditional architecture would remain in the future.For other parts of design like product design,handmade would be more focused.
If you hadn’t become a designer, what would you have done?
Our works has been exhibited at several places including A' design award exhibition, LEAF AWARDS FORUM, German design awards exhibition at Frankfurt am main.
How do you define design, what is design for you?
Sources of inspirations comes from the experiences of my travels especially abroad. Also works by Tadao Ando, Le Corbusier, and Louis Kahn has been inspiring me. The most influential inspirations are those of the behavior of nature.
Who helped you to reach these heights, who was your biggest supporter?
My design style is Mimalism with nature. Using simple geometry like square, circle as a methodology, I would like to integrate future and present, East and West.
What helped you to become a great designer?
I live in Tokyo. Cultural heritage of Japan like Katsura imperial Villa in Kyoto really influences me such as transition of light.
What were the obstacles you faced before becoming a design master?
Being the president and principal architect of YDS Architects, I design all the basic and most important concept and supervise all projects.
How do you think designers should present their work?
Good designer should have tough mind, sincerity, love for cultures and arts.
What’s your next design project, what should we expect from you in future?
First, I decide the main concept while dealing with the laws and costs. After that, I draw preliminary sketches and develop them. We always embrace inspiring and innovative visions and concepts.
What’s your ultimate goal as a designer?
Drawing pens, color pencils, 4B pencils, sketch books, and inspiring books on architectures, villages, and designs.
What people expect from an esteemed designer such as yourself?
I am always thinking about design even though when I am off.For example,when I go out to a park with my family,I always see several architectures, and get inspirations from nature.
How does design help create a better society?
They should travel to see the architectures,cities,people living there for themselves.
What are you currently working on that you are especially excited about?
Positives are realizing the images.Negatives are the conflicts with costs,demands of clients.
What would you like to see changed in design industry in the coming years?
Sincerity as designer for realizing architectures,parts of environments.
Where do you think the design field is headed next?
Drawing pens and sketch books.Also books of works of inspiring architects.
What is your life motto as a designer?
'What is your thinking on architectures? How much does it costs?'
What is the role of technology when you design?
Individuals, educational corporations, real state companies including Mitsubishi Jisho and Mitsui Fudosan.
What kind of design software and equipment do you use in your work?
I enjoy the most designing houses.The reason is that it could be a small universe for the family.
What is the role of the color, materials and ambient in design?
I am going to design beautiful and inspiring houses and housings.Also I am focusing on renovations.I would design museums,kindergartens,commercial buildings.
What do you wish people to ask about your design?
I want to create basic concepts and visions by myself,and develop them as a team.
When you see a new great design or product what comes into your mind?
Misora new building, K Social welfare facilities, House A, House T and so on.
Who is your ideal design partner? Do you believe in co-design?
Anyone can contact me by e-mail.The addresses are either uchino@ydsaa.net,yoshitaka_u@me.com.

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