Joey N. Shimoda AIA


Chief Creative Officer

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Joey N. Shimoda earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo in 1988. In 1985 he interned at Morphosis Architects in Santa Monica, and was instrumental in the design and execution of drawings for Kate Mantilini Restaurant and the Sixth Street House. Both projects received Progressive Architecture Awards for that year.

In 1986, Mr. Shimoda was awarded a year of study in Florence Italy with
Christiano Toralda di Francia of Superstudio. In 1987 he moved to London to work for Peter Wilson of the Buros von Bolles + Wilson. He worked closely with Mr. Wilson to design the winning entry for the annual Shinkenshiku competition, “Comfort in the Metropolis”. He also contributed as a project designer for a six story office building in Tokyo.

Mr. Shimoda returned to Los Angeles in 1989 and worked for Marmol & Radziner Architects and Johannes Van Tilburg and Partners. The primary emphasis of this period was categorized by the design of Type 5 single family and multi-family housing projects throughout Los Angeles and Orange Counties.

In 1991 he spent a brief time in the office of Frank Gehry working on a design development package for the Olympic Village in Barcelona and schematic design for the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Late in 1991 Mr. Shimoda joined Keating Mann Jernigan Rottet (KMJR) as a project designer. KMJR later merged with Daniel Mann Johnson Mendenhall (DMJM). For a total of eight years, his skill and experience as a Senior Design Associate have allowed him to be a key figure in the design and execution of projects worldwide. His last project at DMJM was the building renovation for Rolex in Beverly Hills. Since its completion, this project has garnered four design excellence awards.

On February 14, 2000 he founded Shimoda Design Group. A studio founded on a multi-disciplined platform that seeks to bring quality design, innovation and technical excellence in projects of every scale. In addition to the core staff of six, the studio has the ability to assemble an optimum team of design professionals according to each clients needs. They include planners, landscape architects, graphic designers, lighting consultants and marketing professionals. Currently the firm has ongoing projects in Dallas, Chicago and Los Angeles.

In addition to his professional activities, Mr. Shimoda has taught at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-ARC) and continues to participate in symposiums and student reviews at USC, UCLA, SCI-ARC, Art Center and Woodbury University. His personal artwork has been exhibited in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Chicago and New York. He was also is an appointed Commissioner for the City of Los Angeles Affordable Housing Commission from 2004 to 2005. Mr. Shimoda was a member of the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, 2007-2008.