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Toshiharu Arai

Professor, Kanazawa College of Art: Japan

Toshiharu Arai is a product designer and professor of design department of Kanazawa College of Art.
He has been performing a lot of research and universal design works in collaboration with users, incorporating those results in curriculums of design education.

He has demonstrated the potentialities and creativity of collaborative design approach with sensitive users through his design works such as commodities, furniture and housing equipment, some of which won Design Award.

He has been engaging in design project of the hospital facilities in collaboration with medical doctors, nursing staffs and patients. In addition, as a chief of the committee members, he coordinated the planning of the public buildings reflecting the concept of user centered design.

He has committed himself, as a supervisor, to "the 48 hours Design Marathon" (the user participatory design workshop) of International Association for Universal Design (IAUD) , which was held in various cities in Japan since 2004.

He made many keynote speeches in academic Societies and gave lectures in the medical department of Kanazawa University, Kyoto Prefectural University, Tohoku University of Art & Design and Seoul Hangaram Design Museum.


1988   Good Design Award "Universal Dishes".
1995 Silver prize at the Nagoya International Design Competition "HUMAN TOILET".
1999 Good Design Special Prize "Cutlery for Aging Society".
2002 Good Design Award "HUMAN FURNITURE Design Project".
2005 Good Design Award "UD Scissors”

He served as the Dean of Rehabilitation Engineering Society of Japan (1995~1999), and the Japanese Society for Science of Design (1998~2001). He was on the International Jury of the Student Design Competition of Designing for the 21st CenturyⅢRio de Janeiro (2004). He was on the Jury of the Good Design Award of Japan (2001~2003). He also has been the supervisor of the 48h Design Marathon of the International Association for Universal Design (2004〜)

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