NAGAOKA Ben was born in Tokyo, 1970. He graduated with a M.F.A. from Keio University, Department of Media and Governance in 1997. Since 1999 he’s been working within the creative unit “point,” which incorporated in 2009. He’s one of the founding managers of the “co-lab” shared office building developments from 2003. He teaches part-time at Kuwasawa Design School, Keio University, and at Tokyo Denki University. His designs are known for their sense of surprise, playfulness, and comfort, as “collaborations with clients to design spaces to touch people’s hearts.”
His many awards include the 1996 Interoffice Design Competition (for “pet”), the 2008 JCD Design Awards Gold Award (for “MUSVI”), the 2009 JCD Design Awards Gold Award (for “Yamakoya” at Ina-Higashi Primary School), the 2010 JCD Design Awards Gold Award (for “Diesel Gallery”), and the 2011 Housing Architecture Award Prize, and 2011 Tokyo Society of Architects and Building Engineers Award (for “Jukkaie”).