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Hitoshi Ujiie has over 20 years experience in high-end surface imaging and manufacture, his achievements combining first-hand industry knowledge with academic pioneering in new technology. A native of Kyoto (the center of Japan's textile industry), as an integral member of his family's business he inherited a specialized knowledge of short-run, quality fabric production and finishing.
Hitoshi's professional experience includes designing at Jack Lenor Larsen Design Studio in New York. Here Hitoshi was involved in the development of and oversaw the manufacture of printed fabrics in an arena that involved him on a worldwide level with other designers and contractors of fine fabric.
In 1991 he established his current design studio that specializes in styling a wide range of new surface-imaging products. He has secured 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.
Sensing the technological revolution that was on the horizon, he developed an expertise in the digital transformation of the design and photography into printing process. As an inkjet surface imaging and 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 professor at Philadelphia University. His involvement in the formation of the Center for Excellence in Surface Imaging has provided him with the rare opportunity to research and implement cutting-edge surface-imaging technologies. This academic site makes it possible for him to meet and assess industry leaders and developers on an impartial basis as well as creating a forum that introduces new applications of technology and design to the public. Most recently, he has launched a Master of Science Degree program in Surface Imaging at Philadelphia University. The program starts in summer, 2015.
In this capacity he has lectured and published for a wide range of audiences. Through this context in 1998, he coordinated the exhibition, “Hands Off” at Parsons School of Design, where he had taught for 10 years. This publicity campaign introduced new digital printing technology from Japan through sponsored student works.
Hitoshi Ujiie received a BFA from Kyoto Seika University in Japan and an MFA from the University of Georgia.