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BRIAN C H Honda aia, leed ap
Brian Honda believes that we are by nature social animals whose optimum coexistence together is codependent on the quality of our built environment(s) in which we live. For four decades, Brian has been a part of the design and creation of projects and places that look to infuse, enrich, and inspire the human spirit; and that similarly engage and uplift the communities and cities they sit it. Notably bold in approach, Brian is a passionate advocate for co-creativity, welcoming and believing that the most unique projects come out of the most unique collaborations. It was in this spirit, that Mix StudioWorks was founded.
Prior to founding MIX, Brian served as Senior Vice President at the Jerde Partnership where for twenty+ years he was central to the firm’s global development and growth. Key involvements include the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, where the firm led the overall master planning and design strategies subsequently shared by many others, and being an integral part of Asia’s expansive growth that began in the ‘80’s. Among key projects Brian directed were Canal City Hakata in Fukuoka, Japan, an early benchmark for mixed-use development in Asia; Roppongi Hills, the globally acclaimed mega development in Tokyo; and Langham Place in Hong Kong, now a benchmark for ultra-vertically challenged urban developments.
With a deep background of development, Kaori Honda provides collaborative input with the design teams from a plausibly more real world vantage point, acting as MIX’s designated driver of accountable design.
For nearly two decades, Kaori was a part of Fukuoka Jisho Co, Ltd (FJ), a progressively inspired developer who typically engaged numerous international architects for FJ’s unique projects. Projects included those such as Nexus World, the acclaimed housing project which involved designers such as Arata lsozaki, Rem Koolhaas, Steven Holl, Christian de Portzamparc, and Mark Mack; several hotel and residential projects with Michael Graves; and Canal City Hakata, one of the key early mixed-use benchmarks in Asia. Kaori was an integral part of FJ’s growth and her role as developer included domestic and international tenant negotiations as well as project operations management.
Kaori’s dual language capacity provided her with the opportunity to act as liaison and coordinator on all internationally-related works. It is this collaborative experience that she translates and shares with MIX’s spirit and co-creative DNA.
MONICA CHANG AIA
Monica is a senior designer with over ten years of architectural experience managing many of MIX’s major projects in the US and Asia. Her intensive experience with large mixed-use projects from concept through completion combined with her attentive and disciplined nature has made her an invaluable asset to the MIX team. She is the lead on BIM project delivery, optimizing integration and coordination with our clients and consultants throughout all phases of design.
Monica is a licensed architect in California. She takes a multidisciplinary approach to architecture, drawing inspiration from art, fashion and technology. She is devoted to service as a member of Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit housing organization that builds affordable homes for families. Born and raised in Los Angeles and a University of California, Berkeley alumni, Monica is an extensive traveler and volunteers abroad with Habitat’s Global Village, most recently in Nepal for disaster recovery.
Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts • Canal City Design & Management • China World Trade Center • Dong Il Highvill • F&T Group • GLC Enterprises • Great Eagle • Heerim Architects & Planners • Hendersen Land Development • Hyundai Architects & Engineering Ass. Co., Ltd • Ilkun Architects & Engineers • Kerry Properties, Ltd. • Kunwon Architects & Engineers • Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd • Mooyoung Architects & Engineers • Morgan Stanley Properties • Mori Building • New Yansha • Pengxin Group • Samsung Engineering & Construction • Shanghai World Financial Center, Ltd. • SK Construction • Walt Disney Imagineering • Weidong Real Estate • YIDA Group
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