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Dealing with Problems: Yuki Tanaka

Yuki Tanaka is the establisher of YUKI TANAKA Architecture & Interior Design. She first took interest in architectural design when she was a high school student and a building in her neighborhood was designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando.


Tanaka says that she's not afraid of challenges as every challenge she faces becomes a step-up for her when she tries to solve them. She believes that the daily problem you constantly encounter in architecture is how you should design with light and shadows. The most common faults new architects make when entering the profession, she says is "making a strong design with narcissism and self-satisfaction without thinking about the surrounding." You need "to watch design objectively, calmly and think about the surrounding and the people."

When you face new obstacles, it's important to really understand the problem and even look through the problem's perspective. Tanaka explains that when she for the first time was asked to work for an entirely new field that was unknown to her, she "completely examined" the makers and materials in which she was working with. "Do not forget to respect a craftsman and understand materials."

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