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Kuhiniko Matsuba
Representative Director of TYRANT, Inc. and registered First-Class Architect (Registration No. 327569). Born in Tokyo in 1979. After completing a postgraduate degree at Tokyo University of the Arts, Matsuba immediately starts up his own design firm. His early career is exceptional – the first building he designed was the public cultural facility (former Hiromori Sake Brewery in Nakanojou town, Gunma Prefecture).
He received the Excellence Award in the 11th Yoshinobu Ashihara Awards and the New Face Award at the 2011 JCD Design Awards, among other awards.

His forte of designing public spaces and reviving historical buildings such as warehouses and Japanese architecture earned him coverage in various overseas media, including SURFACE ASIA and the British lay magazine The Independent. In recent years, he has expanded the range of his work to include design of art spaces, restaurants, and accommodations, as well as direction of design of commercial facilities.

Matsuba also writes the column “Outsider Architect” for web magazine PARTNER where he interviews many prominent figures including Yo Shitara (BEAMS), Hitoshi Tanaka (JINS), Hiroshi Onishi (Isetan Mitsukoshi), and Akihiro Nishino (picture book author), Yasuharu Ishikawa (Stripe International), Takahiro Tsusumi (Saison Museum of Modern Art), and baanai (visual artist).

In 2018, he exhibited the modern art collection “MATSUBA COLLECTION” in EUKARYOTE art gallery located in Gaienmae, Tokyo. At Kogakuin University, he serves as an adjunct professor in the Architectural Design Department of the Architecture School.

TYRANT is an architectural firm specializing in architectural and interior design working out of Hachioji, Tokyo.

“Stylish is a given. We’ve got to amaze and surprise.” Under this brand vision, TYRANT aims to make every day creative via architecture and interior design.

In addition to creating unique structures and spaces using the techniques of “floating” and “skewing,” the firm also aims to create structures and spaces that could only exist in that area by extracting elements that illuminate the history and characteristics of the locale.