Brian Kimura


Professor and Former Chair Department of Design 

Brian Kimura, Professor & Former Chair 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 Jose 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 Jose 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, and most recently in Make It New The History of Silicon Valley Design.  In interior architecture, Professor Kimura worked at Skidmore Owings and Merrill San Francisco, as he states, “at a time of memorable architecture, environmental beauty in the City, and gifted creative individuals from all over the world.”  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 as his final project at SOM the interior design of the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank.  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 became a national top seller and has currently evolved into its third decade 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 sold for two decades throughout Japan.