6 years with the company / Joined as a new graduate in 2013
I had wanted to work overseas since I was a student. This is why I joined JMA/PCPAJ, which is an expanding business overseas. My third year after joining the company, I participated in the Shilla Ipark Duty Free project. It was my first overseas project, where worked on-site in South Korea for a month. It was a project to renovate a duty-free shop. Many of our people were involved, and I was in charge of the elevator designs. I was not fluent in English at the time, and I barely had talked with the local co-designers. I had trouble with the different culture and the language. However, I remember I was pleased to hear our client say “We love your design.” It was an unforgettable project that gave me great confidence.
The work was highly acclaimed. Afterward, I went on a year-long assignment for a twin tower project overseas. I was overwhelmed by how fast everything was going for the project, but it forced me to improve my skills to keep up. This may not be limited to work situations, but I realized the importance in communication is to get closet to others by embracing their local culture and their language.
Through my experience working overseas, I became conscious of one thing. I’m talking about the philosophy of JMA/PCPAJ, the idea of Design on Response, which regards architecture as a part of a growing culture, developing in step with the development of the city. We design buildings that are suited to the locations and propose designs to clients, considering how people are moving through the city as it develops. This approach has gained considerable support in every country and region I have visited.
JMA/PCPAJ has an edge working overseas because of its diversity in team members. Thanks to our colleagues who are not only familiar with the languages but also with the cultures and customs of other countries and regions, we can keep our overseas projects on track. I am still involved in some overseas projects. I am excited every day to collaborate across the world with different cultures and languages. I am still making efforts to learn English and Korean. I attend an English course for employees, which is provided by our principal, Mr. Mitsui, who is proficient in English at work. I can confidently say that our office is perfect for people who are wanting to work globally.
The true joy of overseas projects beyond different languages and cultures