Department of Design
MFA, Stanford University
Professor Kimura earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from San José State University. At Stanford, he was in the unprecedented Joint Program in Design and studied under the direction of their esteemed design professor Matt Kahn. At San José State, he was inspired by the sculptures of visionary professors Fletcher Benton, Sam Richardson, and Harry Powers. As a professional designer, Professor Kimura has thirty years of experience in interior architecture and office furniture design. He is a recognized designer in the United States and Japan and his biographical reference was published in the very first Who’s Who Among Asians in America.
In interior architecture, Professor Kimura worked at Skidmore Owings and Merrill San Francisco at the height of the firm’s architectural stature. During this period, Professor Kimura was influenced and inspired by the tutelage he received from two SOM icons renowned architect Edward C. Bassett and the illustrious head of SOM interior design Charles Pfister. Professor Kimura produced the interior design of the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank at SOM. In office furniture design, Professor Kimura was retained by Steelcase Incorporated. Steelcase was internationally acknowledged as the largest office furniture manufacturer in the world. Professor Kimura produced the design of the original Avenir office system for Steelcase. The Avenir brand is a national top seller and is currently in its 24th year of sales worldwide. Consequently, Professor Kimura was retained by Kurogane Kosakusho Limited the Steelcase manufacturer of Asia. Professor Kimura produced the design of the KurV office system for Kurogane. The KurV brand was introduced and marketed throughout Japan. Within the year, the KurV office system was in the prestigious Tokyo corporate headquarters of the international consulting partnership Deloitte Touche and Tohmatsu and the corporate headquarters of JVC/Victor Japan’s prominent television and entertainment conglomerate located in the Palacio Building on Tokyo’s famed Omote Sando. The KurV brand is currently in its 14th year of sales throughout Japan.