Episode 437

Using the Art World to Help Grow a Firm with Hiroshi Okamoto

Jackie SageOct 10, 2022

This week I am speaking with Hiroshi Okamoto who is one of the co-founder of OLI Architecture 

Hiroshi Okamoto is a member of the AIA and has had an exciting architectural career path working at practices such the Ushida Findlay Partnership in Japan, and with the Joint Venture of Nikken Sekkei, Tohata Gumi and RTKL International, on Tokyo infrastructure projects and of course Hiroshi worked closely with the late I.M Pei in the twilight of his career,  working on of the Museum of Islamic Art, Doha (2001–2008) as a contract administrator; and as the Project Architect of the Chapel at the Miho Institute of Aesthetics (2008-2012) in Shigaraki, Japan, I.M. Pei’s last project.

In 2010, Mr. Okamoto co-founded OLI Architecture PLLC and has been the design principal and project architect for the MuXin Art Museum (2011-2015), the Chengdu Silk Art Culture Museum (2012-2016), and the Museum of Islamic Art Renovation (2015-2017) in Doha, Qatar. (2017-2018) to name just a few and the firm has also won a number of prestigious awards and recognitions.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Hiroshi’s career and the business lessons learned from masters like I.M Pei
  • How they used relationships developed working in the Art World to grow a firm
  • Working internationally and understanding different business cultures

To learn more about Hiroshi Okamoto, visit his:

Website at: http://www.oliarch.com/en/people/hiroshi-okamoto

Instagram at: https://www.instagram.com/oliarchitecture/

Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/oliarchitecture

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