Masa Aoe

What are your hobbies/interests outside of work?
My main passion besides architecture is traveling. I have been to over 100 cities and 30 countries. My favorite part of a trip and one of my most relaxing times is in the air. The longer the flight is, the happier it makes me. So I like creating virtual plans for future trips. I also like looking at maps and it’s exciting to walk around new cities with it both virtually and physically in person.

What architect/artist/designer inspires you and why?
I grew up in a high density population country and I like to see creative use of spaces. Malaysian architect Ken Yeang’s theory (book) “Reinventing The Skyscraper” was one of the main inspirations for my interest in architecture. The idea is to incorporate a vertical urban design and ecosystem in a skyscraper. It may be a little bit futuristic, but I always get excited about new ideas for high rise buildings.

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