Founder of Leading Edge Design and Professor at the University of Tokyo, Professor YAMANAKA Shunji is one of the most respected design engineers in Japan, with previous works ranging from wristwatches to railway carriages. Recently, Yamanaka’s projects include beautiful prosthetics and life-like robots that re-examine the relationship between humans and machines. Numerous honours include: the 2004 Mainichi Design Award, the iF Design Award, and multiple Good Design Awards (backed by the Japan Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Infrastructure). His 2010 work, Tagtype Garage Kit, is part of the New York Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection.

Professor Yamanaka's exhibition Prototyping in Tokyo: Illustrating design-led innovation is currently on display in the Gallery at Japan House until 17 March 2019.