Takuma Ono, Work Samples & CV





New York, NY 10006

tel: 310-779-7649

email: onotakuma@gmail.com

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Est. 2009


Est. 2013

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Masters. Harvard University Graduate School of Design

Bachelors. University of California, Santa Barbara



Rhinoceros, Vray, 3D Studio Max, Grasshopper, SketchUp, AutoCAD, Adobe Illustrator, After Effects, InDesign, Photoshop, Quantum GIS, Keynote, Power Point, MS Office, Project, Web design.



By moving fluidly between various modes of thinking and making, I develop thoughtful solutions to complex problems.


With 10 years of professional design experience, I am a well-rounded design thinker; I am comfortable wearing many hats, am proficient in many softwares, and am able to move fluidly between different modes of thinking.



Design Consultant for Kono Designs

Jun. 2017 - Current, New York, NY

As a Design Consultant, I work on projects that include Interior Design, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Identity, and Graphic Design.


Senior Designer at Local Projects

Apr. 2016 - Feb. 2017, New York, NY

Working alongside content creators, strategists, and technologists–  developing impactful ideas for enriching people’s experiences of museums and public spaces.


Director at Aershop & OpenAer

May 2009 - 2017

Becoming finalists of a high-profile architectural competition sparked the idea of Aershop, a platform for trans-disciplinary thinking in architecture and urbanism.


Creative Director at Verdant

May 2013 - Apr.. 2016, Brooklyn, NY

Through directing Verdant’s flagship projects and establishing its web presence, I helped place the firm on the map as an emerging, New York-based design office.


Teaching position at Spitzer School of Architecture

Fall 2013, New York, NY

I instructed a graduate-level design studio titled “Fluid Urbanism” (studio site: San Diego, CA). 


Artist in residence at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

July - Sept. 2012, Boston, MA

This fellowship, chaired by Charles Waldheim, recognizes a single emerging design talent who’s work engages in experimentation and research.


Teaching position at Rhode Island School of Design

Spring 2012

I instructed a course in digital visualization (using Adobe CS, AutoCAD, Rhino) and advised independent study. 


Teaching position at Rhode Island School of Design

2010-2011 Academic year

I advised & instructed: Thesis, urban systems design studio, digital visualization, and a graduate-level design studio titled “Trans-mutations of an Infrastructural City” (studio site: Los Angeles).


Teaching position at Boston Architectural College

Spring 2010

I instructed a graduate-level advanced architecture studio titled “Building Stimulus” (studio site: Boston)


Senior Designer at Ahbe


At this award-winning firm, I lead the designs of commercial, institutional, and residential projects in and around Los Angeles.


Cell Culture Technician at IDEC Pharmaceuticals

La Jolla, CA

As manufacturing technician,  I managed multiple 2k liter bioreactors producing Rituximab, a monoclonal antibody now classified as an Essential Medicine by the World Health Organization.



Masters from Harvard University, Graduate School of Design

Bachelorsfrom the University of California, Santa Barbara


Awards & Exhibitions


First Prize Open International Competition (website)

Artist in Residence Fellowship at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. 2012

Second Prize Open International Design Competition (website)

Re-Imagining the Waterfront. 2012

Semi-Finalist Open International Design Competition

One Prize. 2010

First Prize Dean’s Wall Exhibition Award (website)

Dean Mohsen Mostafavi, Harvard Graduate School of Design. 2010

Finalist Open International Design Competition (website)

WPA 2.0: Working Public Architecture. 2009

Honors American Society of Landscape Architects (website)


Works exhibited at: National Building Museum (D.C.),  Museum of the City of New York, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Boston Architectural College, Harvard Museum of Natural History




Dredging: An Expanded View

Article published in the Environmental Practice Journal, Cambridge University Press. 2014

Uncharted Territories

Article published in Kerb issue21, Melbourne Books. 2013 (website)

Dredge Economies

Published digitally by the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. 2013

Also, featured In:

Praxis Journal, Harvard Design Magazine, Topos Journal, Newsweek Magazine, Ecological Urbanism, Singapore Architect, Architect’s Newspaper, Archdaily.com, New York Post


Invited Juries

Harvard Graduate School of Design, Rhode Island School of Design, University of Illinois Chicago, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, University of California Los Angeles, Parsons School of Design, CCNY Spitzer School of Architecture



Work samples may be accessed through: OpenAerCatalog.com/samples