Congratulations to Hiroko Machida and the Machida Interior Coordinator Academy  (MICA)! 

On June 19 2012, MICA became  the first interior environmental design and planning school in Japan to be awarded the ISO29990 certification.

MICA was client and partner for many of the projects highlighted on this web site, notably the Hakone Kowakien Redevelopment Master Plan and  Saikiabashi Corazon Resort, among other planning and design projects completed in Japan.

Creating “Interior Coordinator” as a qualified profession has been one of Hiroko’s lifelong objectives.  This certification on MICA’s 35th anniversary formally acknowledges her contributions to the profession.  Her success is also measured in the real transformations that she brought about to thousands of  students’ lives, enabling their own personal success stories.

Following is Hiroko Machida’s announcement letter:

Dear Jim Takasugi,

It is my great pleasure and honor to share with you that on June 19, 2012 Machida Hiroko Academy (Tokyo) was awarded the certification of ISO29990 (Internationally recognized standard for a provider of non-formal education and further training that emphasizes the actual performance of teaching services). In Japan, Machida Hiroko Academy is the first recipient among providers of interior and environmental design and planning education. 

I personally feel gratified that this honorable event has certified our educational objective to provide internationally recognizable standards after 35 years of endeavor which had begun as a tiny classroom in Akasaka, Tokyo and of my dream to provide job opportunities to a newly created and qualified profession “Interior Coordinator”.

As I also realize this Certification would not have been possible without your kindness and support, I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation of your past and continued support.

Lastly, I wish to share our renewed determination to enhance our educational quality and standards at this memorable time.

Thank you so much.

Truly yours,

Hiroko Machida

Machida Hiroko Academy