Tokyo-based architect George Dasic (shown here with Giorgio Armani) was mentored by Zaha Hadid at the Architectural Association in London. Interestingly, his work reminds me more of John Pawson (one of my favorite designers and architects), who also has strong ties to Japan and had studied at the Architectural Association as well. It’s quite exciting to see non-Japanses architects starting their own practices in Japan and succeeding there these days.