Yamazaki Ryo

    CEO of studio-L, Social entrepreneur, Community Designer, Professor and Director of the department of Spatial Design in the Kyoto University of Art and Design, Vice President in RIPS, NPO.

    Born in Aichi, in 1973. After the university, he worked in SEN, inc., where he developed his skills and knowledge in landscape design advised by Mr. Shosuke Miyake, a founder of this firm. As well, he learnt social organization and relationship management from Dr. Fusayo Asano there.

    Then he founded studio-L in 2005 and he has continuously offered the innovative solutions for the local problems by inspiring and leading the local communities. He advocates the importance of “Community Design” which he defined as the empowerment of the locals through design to make them happy. His major projects contain planning workshops, making comprehensive plans, and designing buildings and landscape for revitalizing the local area.

    At the same time, one of his major achievements has been that he closely studied some kinds of communities in rural area like a small island and a mountain village, in Hyogo Earthquake Memorial 21st Century Research Institute in 2006-2010.

    He has published some books including: Community Design(2011), Social Design Atlas(2012), The era of Community Design(2012), Happiness theory for the local area(2012).

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