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01 Feb


Nakano Associates Merges with Seattle Planning/Design Firm MIG

February 1, 2024 | By |

Nakano Associates has exciting news to share: we have now joined MIG, a multi-disciplinary firm with services including landscape architecture, urban planning and design, and community engagement. Our Nakano Associates team is already integrating with the MIG Seattle office and we are excited to be able to offer our clients increased capacity and a wider range of services.

“We are pleased that the 30-year legacy of Nakano Associates can live on with MIG,” says Nakano Principal Ida Ottesen, now a Principal at MIG. “Our two firms currently work on projects together and we share the same values. MIG is known for inclusive and participatory planning and design that brings diverse communities and perspectives together. We look forward to carrying on our mission of ‘Design for Healthy Communities’ as part of MIG.”

“MIG has worked with Nakano for many years,” says Daniel Iacofano, MIG’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Their focus is a perfect match for MIG’s range of disciplines and services in support of human development. Our values, approach and attention to detail all align perfectly with how we connect with clients and communities.”

This merger has been in the works for a few months and will now allow Jim Yamaguchi, Senior Principal, to fully retire, while remaining staff continue careers with MIG. “Only our address and name will change; with MIG, we will be able to offer our clients increased capacity and a wider range of services,” Ottesen says. “It’s a win-win for both our companies and, even more so, for our clients.”

In addition to Seattle, MIG has offices in Portland, Denver, San Antonio and Brooklyn, as well as throughout California. For more information about MIG’s services, please check out their website at:

22 Nov


Kenichi Nakano Endowed Scholarship Funds its First Recipient

November 22, 2019 | By |

This November marks the inaugural award of the Kenichi Nakano Endowed Scholarship. The scholarship was established to honor Kenichi’s years of teaching, mentoring and practice in landscape architecture. Every year it will be awarded to a University of Washington Landscape Architecture student, with the first being masters student Matt Grosser.

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29 Mar


12 Nov


Veterans Day 2018

November 12, 2018 | By |

In our continued work on projects that honor and help heal veterans, today we pay special respect and thank these soldiers and their families. Read More

29 Aug


A Case for Urban Edible Landscapes

August 29, 2018 | By |

Backyard gardeners, urban farmers, and community plot garden hobbyist have made a huge wave in the Seattle region, bringing ‘grow-it-yourself’ culture into the mainstream. Read More

28 Sep


Celebrating Kenichi’s Legacy

September 28, 2017 | By |

Join us in remembering Kenichi’s life and work at an exhibit hosted by the UW Landscape Architecture department at Gould Hall on the UW Campus. This retrospective exhibit celebrates the life and career of Kenichi Nakano and shows a portfolio of projects from his more than 40-year career. Read More

13 Jun


Welcome Plaza: Where Beauty Meets Function

June 13, 2017 | By |

It was with great joy and excitement that Mayor Jill Guernsey cut the ribbon for the long-awaited opening of Welcome Plaza at Skansie Brothers Park in Gig Harbor on Thursday, June 1st. Read More

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