Jo Nagasaka founded his own firm in Tokyo, Studio Schemata Architecture, in 1998 after graduating with an Architecture degree from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. Nagasaka’s works show an interest in finding modern solutions for found objects through pioneering innovative re-purposing techniques. His projects range from largescale installations, interactive interior environments to smaller-scale products. In 2007, Nagasaka won second prize in the Bauhaus award for ‘Sayama Flat’ – a ground breaking renovation project in Japan. Another acclaimed project from Jo Nagasaka is the Happa Hotel, an exhibition to showcase a new type of hotel in a mixed-use gallery. It hosted multiple shopping spaces, a bookstore, a café, and Happa art work by Shinya Aota.