Makoto Oshima

2021.02.24 Updated


  • Visiting Professor, School of media and design. Department of Design, Nagoya University of Arts and Sciences: Japan


  • 1977
    He graduated from Kyushu Institute of Design and joined Design division of Toyota Motor Cooperation.
  • 1983-1986
    He engaged in advanced design at Calty Design Research inc. in California, USA.
  • 1986-2006
    He took part in designing internal and external design of vehicles at Toyota and Lexus Design studios.
  • 2006
    He transferred to Toyota Boshoku cooperation as a Managing Director in charge of design division and mainly engaged in mobility interior and seat fabrics.
  • 2011
    He established Toyota Boshoku Milan Design Branch office in Italy.

Since 2014 He has been working as a visiting professor at school of media and design, Department of Design of Nagoya University of Arts and Sciences.

Utilizing his experience, he aims to create opportunities for industry-academic cooperation, connect students with the design sites of the general public through interactive design, and connect rich ideas to reality.

He tries to expand student’s sight by using global network, conducting workshops on lectures with foreign universities, aiming for original solutions derived from with the discussions.

Using design methods such as biomimicry, he applies the characteristics of nature and living things to human life and propose designs for natural environment conservation.


  • 1985 Motor Trend import car of the year (MR-2 awarded as a group)
  • 1990 Automotive news 1990 Allstar (Celica)
  • 1995 Car styling Golden marker Trophy( Lexus LS400 awarded as a group)
  • 1995 Motor Trend import car of the year (Lexus SC 400 awarded as a group)
  • 2008 Good Design Award Long life Design(Taxi Cab comfort awarded as a group)



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