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01 Feb


Nakano Associates Expands Leadership Team

February 1, 2012 | By |

Official Press Release:

Nakano Associates, a Seattle based landscape architecture and urban design firm has completed their leadership transition. Founded by Kenichi Nakano 22 years ago, Nakano Associates has completed many significant projects over the years. In preparation for retirement, and in part due to his physical health, Kenichi has transferred management to his senior staff effective January 1, 2012. This transition has been in the works for the past eighteen months and is the culmination of much planning for the next phase of the firm that will allow Kenichi to step back and transition to retirement. Kenichi will be working on a part time basis and focusing on his passion: the intersection of music, art and design.

M. Jim Yamaguchi, with over 30 years of professional landscape architecture experience, continues as Principal in Charge. Joining him to complete the leadership and management team are Ida Ottesen and Audrey West, Senior Associates, who collectively bring more than 20 years of professional and business management experience to the team.

Ida Ottesen, ASLA LEED AP, who joined Nakano Associates 8 years ago, will continue as Project Manager, leading the company on projects focusing on urban design and educational environments.

Audrey West, ASLA LEED AP, who has been with Nakano Associates 5 years, will also continue as Project Manager, leading the company on projects focused on health, housing and community-based organizations.

Nakano Associates is currently working on several landscape architecture, urban design and transportation projects in the Puget Sound region including Veterans Administration Hospital, Fire Station 20, Rainier Beach Community Center, Everett Performing Arts Plaza, Sound Transit Sounder Access Study, Tukwila Transit Center, and the Japanese American Language School Memorial.

This team is committed to continuing the Nakano Associates legacy of excellence in design and service to clients and the community.