Hitoshi Maehara is Partner and Co-Founder of io Architects LLP. Hitoshi has over 20

years of professional experience in the design and construction of high profile

museums and institutional projects.


Most recently, Hitoshi was the Design and Managing Partner of the Miho Institute of

Aesthetics school project. For this 8-hectare project, Hitoshi was instrumental in

leading the design and construction administration team from master planning and

architectural design to landscape design, interior design, FF&E as well as the signage

design and coordination.


Prior to establishing io Architects, Hitoshi worked at Pei Cobb Freed & Partners as the

Project Architect and collaborator with I.M. Pei for the ten-year-long Musée d’Art

Moderne in Luxembourg. Hitoshi also worked with Mr. Pei as the Site and Project

Architect-of-Record of the Miho Museum in Shigaraki, Japan. In both prestigious

museum projects, Hitoshi has garnered invaluable experience in the programming,

planning and design of first class museums, working with the museum directors and

curators in achieving a unique and creative environment for showcasing art. His

experience on both museum projects ranged from concept through construction

administration, including landscape design, interior finishing and showcase and

museum exhibit design.


Hitoshi received his Bachelor of Art in Architecture at Tama Art University in Japan.

He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and a registered Architect in

New York.




PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE                                          


io Architects LLP, New York, NY.  Partner 2007-present


Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects LLP, New York, NY.  1997-2007


Kibowkan International Inc., Tokyo, Japan.

Associate Architect for I.M. Pei Architects, New York, NY.  1992-1997


Nihon Sekkei Inc., Tokyo, Japan.  1991-1992


KT Architects and Associates, Tokyo, Japan.  1989-1991





Tama Art University, Tokyo, Japan. Bachelor of Art in Architecture, 1987





Registered Architect:  New York, 2003

American Institute of Architects: New York, 2003

Japanese National University Architectural Authority – TAU Design Winner, 1987