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  • Title:Associate Professor
  • Major:Department of Design (Product Design), Department of Design (Design B)
  • Expertise:Mechanical engineering


My name is Yuya Ushida.

I was born in 1975 in Nagoya Japan. Being the child of the manager of an ironworks, I was often exposed to a creative environment and always loved making things.

I gravitated toward the study of mechanical engineering. Before graduating I realized that I was more interested in making practical things that would contribute to people’s daily lives, rather than just machine parts, and therefore I decided to turn to the world of industrial design.

Becoming a designer does not only require the attention to aesthetics, but also an understanding of materials, techniques and usability aspects of the product.

The goal is to create products that make people happy.


2010 Graduated Design Academy Eindhoven, NL (Cum Laude)
1998 Graduated Chubu University, Japan (Bachelor’s, Mechanical Engineering)

Work Experience

2011 – 2015 worked at yuya vs design (self-employed)
2010 – 2011 worked with office furniture company Royal Ahrend (NL)
2008 – 2009 worked at Konstantin Grcic Industrial Design (DE)
2003 – 2006 worked at Elevator manufacture as an architect (JP)
1998 – 2003 worked at Office furniture manufacturer as a developer (JP)

Honors and Awards

2013 XXXX_Sofa and Stool are in the permanent collections of the Vitra Design Museum (DE).
2012 SOFA_XXXX is in the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum (UK).
2012 SOFA_XXXX is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Art and Design (US).
2012 XXXX_Sofa is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (US).
2012 XXXX_Sofa was nominated for Design of the year 2012 by the Design Museum (UK).

Exhibitions (selected)

2010.7.25-26 MODEFABRIEK WOOD EXPO : RAI Amsterdam (NL)
2010.10.23-11.21 Graduation Show : Design Academy Eindhoven (NL)
2011.1.16-23 Designers Fair : Köln (DE)
2011.3.28-4.3 The Pavilion of Art and Design : Paris (FR)
2011.4.13-17 THIS WAY : Milan (IT)
2011.4.13-17 TSpace tricks & Material treats : Milan (IT)
2011.5.19-21 Clerkenwell Design Week : London (UK)
2011.9.23-25 INSIDE DESIGN by Elle decoration : Amsterdam (NL)
2011.9.24-10.2 VIA MILANO : Amsterdam (NL)
2012.2.8-7.15 Design of the year 2012 by Design Museum : London (UK)
2012.2.29-7.15 Museum of Mordan Art : NYC (US)
2012.6.23-8.4 INAUGURATION by Design Centrum Kielce : Kielce (PL)
2012.6.29-7.8 Designersfair Satellit : Dortmund (DE)
2012.9.1-2013.5.31 Against The Grain by Museum of Art and Design : NYC (US)
2012.9.14-2013.3.31 Victoria and Albert Museum : London (UK)
2012.10.4-7 CAMERA JAPAN FESTIVAL : Rotterdam (NL)
2012.10.20-28 Dutch Design Week : Eindhoven (NL)
2013.4.9-13 Milan Design Week at Galleria Rossana Orlandi : Milan (IT)
2013.5.23-8.30 Volumetric Expansion by Polish institute Berlin : Berlin (DE)
2014.7.4-9.28 Design Parade 9 at villa Noailles : Hyères (FR)
2015.9-2016.2 The Bauhaus by vita design museum:Weil am Rhein (DE)
2016.4-2 XXI TRIENNALE International Exhibition:Milan (IT)

Workshop / Lecture

2012.5.5 The concept of SOFA_XXXX (lecture) : pecha kucha, Eindhoven (NL)
2012.6.24 Demonstration of making XXXX_Stool (workshop) : D.C.K, Kielce (PL)
2012.10.5 A life with Sofa_XXXX (lecture) : Museum Boijmans, Rotterdam (NL)


2010.12-2012.6 Made seven SOFA_XXXX for Tools Gallerie (FR)
2013.3 Website / Campaign “Save The Design Refugee XXXX_”
2014.4 Produce / Curation an Exibition “10YEARS TAC”
2015.2 Write an essay “About Bauhaus” for Bauhaus Design Exhibition by Vitra Design Museum (DE)

To the person who want to be a student of kcua. 

If you want to be a student of our school, or you are interested in it, please check the link below. 
Please do not send any emails like your cv, portfolio and motivation letter etc to me directly. 
Even if you send it to me(my email), I won’t reply.
Thank you for your understanding.