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Hidemi Iwamoto: Challenge Yourself

Architect Hidemi Iwamoto’s interest for architectural design grew when he was a high school student in Tokyo Bunka Kaikan and fell in love with the architectural design that was created by Kunio Maekawa. Experiencing that space made him decide his future profession.

GOKO SENIOR HIGHSCHOOL ANNEX
GOKO SENIOR HIGHSCHOOL ANNEX, by Iwamoto in 1995

In 1981 he established the Hidemi Iwamoto Architect & Associates and has today an employee list of three. He believes that the most challenging part of establishing your own is that “everything must become own responsibility”. He believes small staffs in an architectural firm are efficient because of the requirement of communication and proposals.

MATSUMOTO Residence & Animal Hospital
MATSUMOTO Residence & Animal Hospital, by Iwamoto in 2008

Iwamoto says that the struggle of making a small firm more successful is difficult and all you need to do is to “continue on an honest creation”. Be consistent. It’s important to give an effort everyday and create challenges for yourself. As he says: “challenge to compete.”

HOUSE-in-Obiro
HOUSE in Obiro, by Iwamoto in 2006


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