Kozo Aoyama is an urban and regional planner from Nagoya City, Japan.
He joined IPA in 1993 as a research associate, and became senior staff in 1997 until 2004.
He established Urban Policy Institute of New York (UPIny) in 2004 and became the President of UPIny. After that, he resigned the President in August 2007.
Mr. Aoyama's work at IPA and UPIny focused on information technology industry
growth, regional economic revitalization, urban center revitalization,
emergency management and performance measurement in the U.S.
He traveled throughout the United States to conduct his research to cities including,
Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, San Diego, Denver, Dallas, Austin, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Milwaukee,
Chicago, Indianapolis, Raleigh/Durham, Washington D.C., Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and Boston.
He compiled information on the experiences of these cities and reports to clients of IPA and UPIny mainly from Japan.
He had been playing important roles as a bridge planner between the U.S. and Japan until August 2007
He went back to Japan in March 2007, and got a new assignment at Nagoya University as International Research Manager at the Headquarters for Industry, Academia and Government Cooperation in August 2007. He resigned the President of UPIny. After one year, he became a professor of Kyoto Prefectural University at the beginning of October, 2008.
From 1976 - 1992 he was a staff member at the Research Institute for Regional Planning and Development in Nagoya, Japan.
He directed numerous research studies of planning issues in the Nagoya metropolitan region.
Examples of this research include, a study on regional development associated with the Chubu New International Airport,
research and planning for the area along Tokai Circular Highway, and a 21st Century Vision of Chubu Region.