Riki Nishimura is an architect specializing in urban design and architecture with a focus on psychology of spaces, repairing cities and solving complex intertwined issues through urban strategies. As the Director of Urban Strategies in Woods Bagot’s San Francisco office for almost three years, Nishimura played a key role in research focused design strategies that extend into areas beyond the traditional boundaries of architecture and urbanism while ensuring pragmatic but visionary solutions for his clients. Project are tackled from an ecological, data driven and evidence based design perspective. Nishimura’s projects all seek a critical balance between visionary design and fiscally responsible economic development to achieve memorable, sustainable, and enduring places for both the public and private realm. He recently took a new role at Gensler’s San Francisco office where he will be directing their planning, landscape and urban strategies unit practice areas.
Nishimura has been a member of ULI for over a decade, first in Boston and now in San Francisco where he is a mentor for younger leaders. He has also participated in both ULI Advisory Services and local Technical Assistance Panels, which he says has had an influence on his professional work. “ULI’s advisory work is really an opportunity for us as professional and citizens to give back to our cities and tackle these complex topics together. One of the things I really appreciate and look forward to, is spending time with other interesting and experienced ULI panel members from various disciplines of placemaking, real estate and finance….it’s always an eye opening experience and an opportunity to create places that matter….together.”