Kotaro Nakamura Named As Chair of the Iowa State University Department of Interior Design
Kotaro Nakamura on recently being named the Chair of the Iowa State University Department of Interior Design. This announcement comes following an international search led by Martin Baker and Pelema Ellis of our Higher Education Practice.
A licensed architect in California and a LEED Accredited Professional, Nakamura has won multiple awards from the American Institute of Architects, AIA San Diego, Concrete Masonry Association of California and Nevada, Center for Sustainable Energy and American Public Works Association San Diego and Imperial Counties Chapter.
Nakamura has lectured and published widely on topics such as disaster recovery design, Japanese aesthetics and sustainable architecture and design. His professional design work includes master plans for research labs, administrative buildings and housing projects, among others, and has been featured in various design exhibitions.
He has significant experience in residential, retail, commercial, medical and institutional interior design, with projects completed for Benetton; YWCA San Diego; UC San Diego Medical Center; the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California; California School for the Deaf, Riverside; San Diego County government offices and a variety of residences.