Yukiharu Takematsu was born in 1963 in Hasami-cho, Nagasaki Prefecture. After graduation from Tama Art University (Dept. of Fine Arts, Architecture Course), he joined Unite Design & Planning Co., Ltd. In 1991 he established his own architectural design office under the name of E.P.A (Environmental Protection Architectural Institute) and has started design activities based on the concept of self-sufficient architecture.
Takematsu + E.P.A have been working not only in the architectural world but also in a wide range of domains including interior design, exhibition design and product design. In recent years, Takematsu + E.P.A are involved in an increasing number of environmentally friendly projects and are realizing architecture as a device to convert environment through the establishment of wall freezing system and the development of hybrid CLT (Cross Laminated Timber) made of local wood. Of late Takematsu + E.P.A also founded a non-profit public corporation Incombustible Technology Research Association as they focus on large-scale wooden buildings, and to develop a fire resistant city with wooden constructions.
Awards: 2007 D&AD Global Awards, 2008 Asia Pacific Interior Design Awards, 2017 Good Design, 2018 BCS Awards, etc.