Alumni Messages

Release date:2020.02.10

From design that solves social issues to designs that propose value for society


CEO of YOUI, Inc.,

  • 2009 Graduated from the Department of Environmental Design, School of Design
  • 2011 Completed the Master’s Program at the Department of Design Strategy, Graduate School of Design
  • After graduating from the Department of Design Strategy of Kyushu University's Graduate School of Design in 2011, she got involved with an urban development consulting firm and municipality think tank. She is the CEO of YOUI, Inc., which she established in 2017.
  • Additionally, she is in charge of the Specially-Appointed Assistant Professor for the Robert T. Huang Entrepreneurship Center of Kyushu University, an administration officer of the "Centre for person-centered ningen, Omuta", and, an The administration officer for social impact evaluation of the Approved Specific Nonprofit Corporation "Education A³".
Related department, course
  • Environmental Design Course(Undergraduate)
  • Environmental Design Course(Graduate)
  • Design Futures Course(Undergraduate)
  • Department of Environmental Design
  • Department of Design Strategy

My current job

With its mission of "Proposing a Societal Value by Solving Social Issues," YOUI, Inc. works together with a variety of agents such as companies, governments, and citizens, providing support to those organizations and carrying out research helping to promote a better society. In particular, I am working in the Kyushu area to 1) support NPOs and social ventures, 2) supporting open innovation at large companies, and 3) promote SDGs

How I spent my student life

From a "1:1 Exhibition" where life-sized architectural work was made, to translating a documentary on intellectual property rights and screening it at the KBC Cinema, to holding talks on subcultures, I worked on transmitting the project I conceived to society at large. I think it is a strength of design students that we can acquire the ability to realize something, to take action in expressing something and not only think of plans; this is something that's still relevant to my job today.

Message for prospective students

In the world we currently live in, what is being valued now in an unprecedented fashion is "searching for answers through trial-and-error while following one's intent and desires" rather than "carrying out orders quickly and without mistakes." You too will be thrown in the deep end. Let's do our best together. There's no doubt that artistic engineering is one of the popular fields poised to ride this wave.