AKIRA UENISHI, ARCHITECT Akira Uenishi’s priority in every project is the creation of spaces where human activ…



Akira Uenishi’s priority in every project is the creation of spaces where human activities are both physically and mentally enhanced and which will endure through time. Every architectural design requires an unique program because every project is rooted in a specific site and has a specific purpose. Akira Uenishi’s designs express his belief in creating simple and modern spaces while utilizing current technology and appropriate building materials.

Akira Uenishi’s ideas reflect his 15 years of experience in architectural design with Fumihiko Maki,the Pritzker Prize recipient and one of the world’s leading architects. Mr.Uenishi’s experience encompasses large scale projects for municipal governments including a convention center, performing arts center, rail station plaza, gymnasium and master plans for housing and waterfront developments and universities. In addition he has significant experience with private projects.

After completing his last project as chief designer and project manager of Natori Performing Center with Maki and Associates, Akira Uenishi established his own firm in 1998 and has been selected for several private residential projects in the U.S. and Japan. He participates in international competitions and lectures architectural design at several universities.

brief personal history

Bachelor of Architecture, University of Tokyo 1982
Master of Architecture, University of Tokyo 1984

Registered Architect, Japan
Member of Japan Institute of architects
Member of Architectural Institute of Japan

Lecturer at Kogakuin University in architectural design, 1997-2007, 2012-2019
Lecturer at Kanto Gakuin University in architectural design, 2012-present
Lecturer at Kyoritsu Women’s University in architectural design, 2008-present
Lecturer at Nihon University in architectural design, 2006-2011

Akira Uenishi Design, Architecture and Urban Design

Principal 1998 – present

  • Nara Medical Center, Kashihara City, Nara
  • A-Clinic, Ikoma City, Nara
  • U-Clinic, Ikoma City, Nara
  • Iwao Orthopedics, Hita City, Oita
  • Umenoki-en in Ohmori, Ota City, Tokyo
  • Ebisu N Building, Shibuya City, Tokyo
  • SUNSHINE Asakusa, Taitoh City, Tokyo
  • House in Naka-meguro, Tokyo
  • House in Lakeville, Connecticut.
  • SK Apartment Interior, New York City
  • Park Avenue Apartment Interior, New York City

Maki and Associates 1984 – 1998

Chief designer, 1993 – 1997

  • Natori Performing Arts Center (Natori, Miyagi), chief project manager

    multi-purpose public performing arts center for the municipal ward of Natori,
    146,960 sq.ft. consisting of large hall (1,350 seats),medium hall (450 seats),
    small hall (200 seats),4 practice rooms and 3 conference rooms.

Designer, 1984 – 1993

  • Nippon Convention Center(Makuhari Messe, Chiba), project manager

    multi-purpose convention center, 1,410,535 sq.ft.

  • Kitanaka Redevelopment (Yokohama, Kanagawa), project manager

    50 stories-high skyscraper,atrium,renovation of old bank building

  • Hillside Terrace PhaseⅤ (Hillside Plaza,Shibuya, Tokyo)

    Small event space for Hillside Terrace Complex.

  • Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium (Shinjuku, Tokyo)
  • Kaze-no-Oka Crematorium (Nakatsu, Oita)
  • West Plaza at Yokohama Central Station (Yokohama, Kanagawa)
  • Keio University Fujisawa campus, master plan (Fujisawa, Kanagawa)
  • Toyama Shimin Plaza, master plan (Toyama, Toyama)
  • Yokohama Waterfront, master plan (Yokohama, Kanagawa)
  • Kouhoku New Town Housing Development, master plan (Yokohama, Kanagawa)