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IWAMASA Ryuichi

Engineering Designer

Born in 1948. He graduated from the Engineering Department at Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1974. After an assistant position at the Department of Cultural Anthropology at the same university, he joined GK Industrial Design Association in 1976. In 1989, he founded GK Tech Inc., and served as the CEO at the same company from 1996 to 2014. He has held positions as part-time lecturer at Shizuoka University of Art and Culture (2002-07), Keio University (2010-13) and the graduate school of Chiba University (2007-15). He was a councilor at the Foundation for Advancement of International Science (2000 -13).
Dedicated to the field of all-round engineering, IWAMASA's activities range from machine engineering to electronics, digital programing, material research, and other fields. The projects, he has been involved with so far, including Symphonic Object (1989) (for the Theme Pavilion at the World Design Exposition), Footsteps (1994) (for the National Museum of Nature and Science), Geo-Cosmos (2001, 2011), the symbol of the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan), Physical Model of the Internet (2001), and Tangible Earth (2001-), which won a Good Design Gold Award and was exhibited at the Toyako Summit.

Award Reason

IWAMASA represents a type of inventor engineer rare in Japan, one who dedicates himself to the field of all-round engineering. He has supported the technical and architectural side of many works of media art, public art exhibits, and innovation projects, including Geo-Cosmos, the symbol of the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan), Physical Model of the Internet, and Tangible Earth. With an ingenuity that overcomes standardized approaches and ideas that fuse knowledge ranging from science to the Mingei folk crafts movement, he pioneers breakthroughs for solving dilemmas. For designers and artists, he is someone beyond compare. (HIGASHIIZUMI Ichiro)

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