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Founded in 2008, Koichi Takada Architects is based in Sydney with a Brisbane studio. Principal Koichi Takada resides in Sydney, from where his firm delivers distinct and impactful outcomes around the globe.

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Principal

Koichi Takada

Nominated Architect – NSW Architect 6901, VIC Architect 16179, QLD Architect 5590

Koichi Takada belongs to a new generation of architects that strive to bring nature back into the urban environment — an approach he matured after living in cities: Tokyo, New York and London. Koichi established his practice in 2008. He has brought a Japanese sensibility to Australian architecture, each project embodying his commitment to organic form and consideration for human experience. Through a series of award-winning designs, the growing practice is gaining an international reputation, with projects in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Tokyo, Shanghai, Los Angeles, Doha and Mexico City. Koichi’s emphasis is on a connection to nature, on humanising and naturalising the urban environment. He has invested himself in forms of architecture that speak to local landscapes, heritage and traditions. Koichi accepts and encourages a sensitive connection to nature and elicits an emotional response from users. Koichi Takada clearly sees a new beginning in a post-Covid time, when naturalising architecture will be the way forward, empowering the next generation that follows.

Directors

Georgia Wilson

Director

Working closely with Koichi Takada since the creation of the company, Georgia has a thorough understanding of the design direction and implementation at Koichi Takada Architects. As part of the Executive Team, Georgia is experienced in client communications, maintaining quality control and design integrity throughout all stages of each project, as well as being instrumental in the early design inception of both architectural and interior design projects. As a key member of the communications team at Koichi Takada Architects, Georgia’s experience extends beyond architectural and interior design, creatively coordinating Koichi Takada Architects’ portfolio submissions. Georgia has developed through the years a strong expertise in managing international projects, planning and consultation processes with a demonstrated ability to work with complex briefs as well as challenging statutory frameworks and approval processes. Georgia has proved her success through a number of Land & Environment Court approvals, successfully negotiating mediated agreements and attending court hearings. Prior to joining Koichi Takada Architects, Georgia worked at RMJM Architects in Cambridge, as a key design member on educational projects, including the design and construction stages of the University of Bedfordshire, Luton.

Richard Storey

Associate Director

Richard Storey is a registered architect with over 20 years of local and international experience. He has actively designed and managed a passionate portfolio of projects from conception to completion. Project experience to date includes innovative designs for new construction as well as adaptive rehabilitations in Australia and the United Kingdom. Since joining KTA in 2017, Richard has been appointed as a Senior Project Architect for the practice and leading teams on high profile projects.

Fabiola Monasterio

Project Director Europe & Middle East

Fabiola is a highly skilled, creative and detail-orientated architect with over 20 years’ experience and a wealth of knowledge in design, construction and project management methodologies. She is focused on maintaining quality control and design integrity throughout all stages of the project. Fabiola was appointed Project Director for Koichi Takada Architects’ National Museum of Qatar project and she is the firm’s representative in the EMEA region.

Masa Sado

Project Design Director

Masa is a highly skilled, creative and detail-oriented Project Design Director that joined Koichi Takada Architects in 2022. He has actively designed, developed and documented a variety of scales of projects with a focus on cultural projects, such as Museums, Cultural Pavilions, Bespoke Art Interiors and Masterplans. Masa is passionate about communication and building relationships. He has developed a strong rapport with clients, contractors and consultants alike. He has over 10 years professional experience in multicultural and fast-paced project environments.

Senior Associates

Alan Zhang

Senior Associate Design

Alan Zhang is a highly skilled, creative and detail-oriented Senior Associate Design who joined Koichi Takada Architects in 2017. He has actively designed, developed and documented a variety of scales of projects with a focus on residential and commercial. Alan effectively coordinates team members, consultants and builders and arranges workflows to complete project milestones in an accurate and timely manner. His solid construction knowledge allows him to generate innovative design solutions and resolve complex design scenarios.

Cecilia Huang

Senior Associate Architect

Cecilia Huang is a Senior Associate architect with twenty years of experience. Her expertise ranges from project resourcing, programming, design, design development, project management to urban design, with notable experience in producing feasibility studies, masterplans, site investigations and stakeholder engagement. Cecilia has a practical understanding of diverse project typologies from working across a broad cross section that includes precinct and city shaping, residential, mixed-use as well as hospitality and commercial. Most recently she has focused on larger scale, masterplans and delivering multi-unit residential projects.

Associates

Rafe Wilson

Associate

Rafe Wilson is a registered architect with 10 years of experience spanning a diverse portfolio – from residential projects to commercial, retail and hospitality. Rafe brings innovative architectural solutions to each project, approaching them with detail-oriented focus. His broad technical skill set provides the ability to engage from concept design through to construction stage.

Ethan Zhang

Associate

Ethan Zhang is an Associate with extensive international and local Australian professional experience. He has an academic background in both architecture and urban planning and spent several years in the early part of his career working on large-scale commercial and residential developments in South-East Asia. His key project experience includes involvement in the Wuhan CTF tower precinct and the ‘Integral’ Eco-Industrial Campus in Guilin. Ethan’s involvement in projects spans across all phases from design concept onwards and he has a particular focus on ensuring design intent is preserved through to documentation and construction. He is skilled at building relationships with stakeholders and working with the wider project team to overcome obstacles and constraints to deliver meaningful projects.

Project Architects & Designers

Will Choi

Project Architect

Will Choi is an experienced architect with over sixteen years of professional experience in architecture and the property development sector. He is passionate about project coordination and management, and takes great pride in seeing projects through from the design stage to completion. Will thrives in a multi-disciplinary team environment and enjoys working with people from diverse cultural backgrounds. He brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to every project he is involved in and is committed to delivering outstanding results.

Young Lee

Senior Interior Designer

Young Lee has worked in several design fields, including graphic design, brand design, installation art, retail, hospitality and commercial interior projects not only in Sydney but also internationally including USA, Singapore, China, India and Korea in the last 14 years. Young has a passion for helping clients visualise possibilities and enthusiasm for harnessing the power of emerging technologies and design tools. Young has delivered several Green Star projects for global clients and he is a firm believer that sustainability in design can be the key innovation to benefit the community as well as the environment.

Support

Ian Hayes

Practice Manager

Carolina Caponi

Business Development Manager

Alaana Cobon

Marketing & Communications Manager