Jun Izue is the son of well known architect Kan Izue, and for a time after graduating from university, Jun worked in his father's design office for eight years before establishing his first independent business in 2007. In 2014 he founded his current office, Izue architect & associates, in Osaka, and has shown great creative flair with his designs for restaurants, offices and private residences. One common feature of his work is his deft employment of light and shadow, and the shades in between as integral design elements that enrich each building's identity. When working with clients, Jun Izue stresses the need to analyze the surroundings to create harmony between the building and its environment. "The good client for us," he says, "is the one that gives us a unique task, and my skill is to get it."