Sara Yamashita(Former employee)
What surprised me when I started work at JMA/PCPAJ was, I was able to be involved in big projects even with little experience. I was concerned at first because I was a vocational school graduate. As I received detailed instructions from my senior colleagues, I started to think, I’m young, so I’ll give it a try. I was able to work harder and proactively. I feel the weight of responsibility in the designs I draw becomes I am creating something that people will use. My job is challenging however it is also rewarding. Many think that interior designers only choose the furniture. The truth is, they are responsible not only for the furniture, but also for the floors, walls, ceilings, and the entire space of the building. Sometimes we collaborate with an artist to design an interior. I have come to realize, interior design covers a wide range of tasks. My days at work are exciting.
In the interior design meetings, we are sometimes given 10 minutes to come up with few proposals. We each write out our ideas on a small piece of paper without attaching our names. When the time is up, the notes are collected and arranged on the table to discuss the ideas. I was surprised the first time I participated in this type of discussion. I was able to actively be part of the design progress because my opinion was treated equally. When my own ideas are positively evaluated, I feel happy and it gives me confidence.
Our workplace has a cozy and pleasant atmosphere. When a project comes to an end, the team often has a celebration party. I will never forget the party we had to celebrate the win of a competition project I was involved in my first year. We went out to eat steak and to have a toast. That was when our principal, Mr. Mitsui said to me, “You should go to New York for inspiration. In New York, you can see design everywhere you look.” I went to New York that summer following his advice. It was my first abroad trip. By a curious turn of fate, I will be going to New York again for an interior design project. I am looking forward to this trip.
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