Riki Nishimura, MAUD '03

Riki Nishimura is the Director of Urban Strategies at Gensler, a global architecture, design, and planning firm. Gensler designers strive to make the places people live, work and play more inspiring, more resilient and more impactful. As the Director of Urban Strategies, Riki directs the planning, landscape, and urban strategies practice area from San Francisco. He is a licensed architect specializing in the future of designing smart (cities) with a focus on the psychology of spaces, repairing cities, future-proofing, urban mobility futures for shared mobility+AV and solving complex intertwined design and operational issues through urban strategies. He approaches design initiatives from a collaborative, visionary, ecological, data-driven and evidence-based perspective to achieve the best of what is possible. His projects optimize the functionality of corporate/tech workplace campuses, university campuses, large-scale mixed-use urban regeneration districts, future cities, next-gen waterfronts, urban cultural parks, and institutional buildings at a global city, campus, building, and people operation scale. His designs seek a critical balance between visionary and fiscally responsible economic development to achieve memorable, sustainable, and enduring places for both the public and private realm.

Committed to furthering sustainable strategies, practices, and contributions to the community, Riki has been active for over a decade in the Urban Land Institute (ULI), a nonprofit education and research institute with a focus on the use of land in order to enhance the total environment. The ULI recognized him as a recipient of its 2016 40 Under 40 award, recognizing the best and brightest young land use professionals from around the globe. He has participated in numerous ULI Advisory services panels, he serves on the ULI San Francisco district council executive management board, the co-chair of the membership experience committee, a mentor for the ULI Young Leaders Group (YLG) 2016-current, and a member of the Global Exchange Product Council.

Riki has participated as a design review critic at Harvard, Stanford, RISD, UC Berkeley, and UCLA and has held an appointment at Stanford University as an adjunct lecturer in the School of Engineering. Riki received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Toronto and a Master of Architecture and Urban Design from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.