Originally from Tokyo Japan, Shunichi Kimura initially started his academics as a Furniture Design major and received a B.F.A. in Interior Architecture from California College of Arts & Crafts. (currently CCA)
Kimura is a former project manager/project designer with Takenaka Corporation USA a global top-50 design/build firm where he cultivated 20+ years of experience in architecture, interior design, construction and facility management. He has practiced in the Northwest, Guam and the San Francisco Bay Area on various commercial projects ranging from hospitality, retail, corporate workspace, aquatic recreation parks, institutional and industrial facilities. He also served on the board for a major Japanese hotel chain. His projects have been published in magazines and journals including; Interiors, Restaurant & Hotel Design, Spokane Review, Wave and NewFurniture. Notable projects include: Hotel Nikko SF, JTBI Headquarters, Fort Wright Library & Culture Center, Onward Water Park & Spa, Weatherford BMW, Club Shakespeare and the Yamaha Music Technology Center.
Since joining the interior design faculty in 1996, Kimura has taught studio design courses in Design Process to Architectural Lighting (DsIT 29, 33, 34, 103 & 108). His passion for conceptual methodology and mind cultivation can be experienced in Conceptual Design Studio DsIT103 where concepts are conceived with substance rather than inspirations. He brings and promotes his extensive training in interiors policymaking and provides a thorough set of laws towards the learning process and coursework.
His extensive background in a variety of project types prepares him well for the interior design program, and provides a competent resource for students in the way in which current design and construction is accomplished outside the academic setting. Additionally, he offers the advantage of a bicultural background and education which lends itself to the same pursuit of todays modern university.
While active in his solo design practice, his interest in Japanese Architecture takes him back to Japan annually to study the perpetual renewal and design revolution in his home country. He also volunteers his time and insight to accompany a group of students during his travel.