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Professor Hitoshi Ujiie

Textile Design

Thomas Jefferson University

Professor Hitoshi Ujiie has over twenty years' experience in high-end surface imaging and manufacture, and his achievements have combined first-hand industry knowledge with pioneering academic work in new technology. A native of Kyoto (the center of Japan's textile industry), he inherited a specialized knowledge of short run, quality fabric production and finishing as an integral member of his family's business. Hitoshi received a BFA from Kyoto Seika University, Japan, and a MFA from the University of Georgia, USA.

Hitoshi's professional experience includes designing at Jack Lenor Larsen Design Studio in New York. Here he was involved in development and oversaw the manufacture of printed fabrics in an arena that saw him involved at a worldwide level with other designers and contractors of fine fabric.

In 1991, he established his design studio that specializes in styling a wide range of new surface imaging products, and he has now secured both a name for himself as well as a network of domestic and international clients. In the world of Interior Surface Imaging, Hitoshi stands out for his combination of traditional aesthetics with computer aided design expertise. His works have been exhibited in many museums including permanent collections at Cleveland Museum, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum and Brooklyn Museum.

Sensing the technological revolution that was on the horizon, he developed an expertise in the digital transformation of imageries into the printing process. As a surface imaging designer and inkjet printing technologist, he is recognized the world over as a digital printing expert and is sought after for his presentations on the subject.

At present, he is a Professor at Thomas Jefferson University, USA, after coordinating the textile design program at Parsons School of Design, USA, for 10 years. His involvement in the launch of a new Master of Science degree program in surface imaging as well as setting up the Center for Excellence in Surface Imaging has provided him with a rare opportunity to research and implement cutting edge surface imaging technologies.

He has been invited in this capacity to deliver keynote addresses, and has published works for a wide range of audiences worldwide. His academic expertise makes it possible for him to meet and assess international industry leaders and developers on an impartial basis, and to create a forum that introduces new applications of cutting edge technologies, innovative business concepts and creative design to the public.