President, KIDStudio Corporation
Executive Director, International Association for Universal Design Professor, Graduate School of Media and Design / Chair, Department of Design, School of Media and Design, Nagoya University of Arts and Sciences: Japan
Keiji Kawahara graduated from Department of Industrial Design, Kyushu Institute of Design (then Kyushu University), Japan in 1976 with a Bachelor of Design, and finished Advanced Course in Industrial Design, KID. He also graduated from the School of Industrial Design, Royal College of Art, London in 1980 with a Master of Design, MDes(RCA).
He has been specializing in designing for handicapped people since 1970s and been involved in the planning and development of a wide range of products such as industrial equipment, information tools, housing equipment, and medical and welfare devices etc. Especially in the field of universal design and sustainable design, he is an expert of product development related with social issues.
In 2002 he organized the International Conference of Universal Design held in Japan. It was a great success and resulted in International Association for Universal Design (IAUD) being established in November 2003, of which he became Executive Director.He also graduated from the School of Industrial Design, Royal College of Art, London in 1980 with a Master of Design, MDes(RCA).