Mikiko is an unconventional designer who approaches architecture through a philosophical prism. Hailing from Japan and a graduate of Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), she combines Eastern and Western influences to come up with unexpected solutions, as is evidenced by her award-winning thesis “No Thing,” which examined form as an indefinite grey zone, ultimately serving as her own tomb in the year 2088. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Tokyo University of the Arts where she received the first place prize for her thesis. Throughout her studies, Mikiko interned and worked in Tokyo and Los Angeles, gaining experience in all design phases, including being part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial design team. Following grad school, she moved to New York City to work at Woods Bagot. In 2020, she joined WRNS Studio to further explore the intersection of art, history, theory, and practical application. Outside the office, you’ll find Mikiko hand drawing and watercoloring San Francisco’s charming Victorian’s, sharing her delightful illustrations online and at art shows.