International student dormitory “U Share” will start operating in April 2021

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‘Living together, growing together.”

KUROFUNE Design Holdings international student dormitory “U Share” will start its operation

Aiming to create a society where diverse people thrive, through the power of design

KUROFUNE Design Holdings Inc. (Headquarters: Minato-ku, Tokyo, CEO: Masamichi Ueta) started from members who studied together at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, that aims to design an optimal living environment that integrates living space and learning space, in which students, the next generation of global talents, can live together, will start its operation.
We are creating a space design that not only allows residents to discover diverse values and people, but also creates opportunities to “share” their own initiatives and dreams on a daily basis. Our long-term goal is to create a society where diverse people can thrive, which we aim to accomplish through nurturing global talents who have a global perspective, respect diversity, and work towards solving social problems.
U Share Nishi Waseda, application of the 0th batch for April 2021
U Share Nishi Waseda’s application for our 0th batch members(about 20 people) is now open. We are looking for a wide range of unique students from all over the world and are deciding which members will move in. You can check the details from the following page.
KUROFUNE Design Holdings Inc.
Founded in 2018, by the members who studied together at Harvard Graduate School, Harvard Business School, and MIT, with the aim of implementing socially meaningful designs and products that contribute to the public. In order to solve the issues in cities, rural areas that, people face, we will take the same perspective as our stakeholders and ride on the same ship. KUROFUNE Design Holidings Inc. conducts the planning, design real estate planning, investment planning, and operation of U Share witch aims to create an environment where “Living together, growing together” is realized- all at once, by ourselves. In addition, we also carry out investment architecture, urban planning & design and other design consulting services, and have a real estate investment SPC as an affiliated company. We will also flexibly and proactively carry out various JV businesses.
Our main businesses
International Student Dormitory “U Share”
“Living together, growing together.” Creating an optimal living environment that integrates “living” and “learning”, through conducting the planning, design, real estate planning, investment planning, and operation of U Share, all at once, by ourselves. We are creating a space design that not only allows residents to discover diverse values and people, but also creates opportunities to “share” their own initiatives and dreams on a daily basis. Our long-term goal is to create a society where diverse people cat thrive, which we aim to accomplish through nurturing global talents who have a global perspective, respect diversity, and work towards solving social problems. Through the management and planning various educational programs and events, we will create a unique and significant impact not only on the people who reside in the dormitory but also on the local community.
Study Abroad / Career Support Program
We offer  coaching services such as TOEFL measures and exams, GMAT / GRE, essays, and interview practice that are directly linked to your application. Those sho have experience studying abroad will provide a wide range of tips for those who wish to study abroad. Furthermore, by making full use of the network with overseas top schools that U Share has accumulated, we will coach the best study abroad destinations for each learner. We also plan to develop career support by professionals who are active in various fields.
Urban Planning & Design
We provide comprehensive urban planning and design services. Through coordination among various stakeholders, community engagements and workshops, we will carry out comprehensive planning and design while for the built environment valuing the culture and climate unique to the area where each project is located.
Architectural Planning and Design Services (first-class architect office)
We provide architectural design supervision work and design services that realize construction and environment building of various scales, centered on first-class architects with abundant experience in design work in Japan and overseas. Based on the original experience of the founder that “good environmental design changes people”, quality, together with various stakeholders.
Officers and advisors of KUROFUNE Design Holdings Inc.
Masamichi Ueta Chief Executive Officer, First-grade architect, real estate investor
In charge of brand identify building, product design, architecture design and urban design, to real estate planning / development / operation and real estate private equity.
Takafumi Inoue Director / Chief Operating Officer, Urban planner (US Certified Planner Assistant)
In charge of urban planning & design to real estate planning / financial consulting.
Taito Ooe Director / Chief Strategy Officer, First-class architect
In charge of business planning/development, education business, real estate development, and overall architectural design.
Hiromasa Kofu Director
In charge of business planning and development.
Bing Wang Advisor / Design & Investment Supervisor, Harvard University Professor
Professor at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Department of Urban Planning and Design (Head of Real Estate Design).
Company Profile
Company name : KUROFUNE Design Holdings Co Inc.
Location : 7-8-15 Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo U Share Minami Aoyama
Established : July 2018
Business: International student dormitory management, study abroad / career support, real estate planning / investment planning, urban planning & design, architectural design / design services, etc.
Representative Director: Masamichi Ueta
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