About ISHIMOTO

Company History

1894

Kikuji Ishimoto was born in Kobe.

1920
”Absorbed in tears” proposal of a family ossuary, graduation project (1920)

Kikuji Ishimoto was a leading member of the Secessionist Architects Organization while studying at the Tokyo Imperial University.

1922-23
Dr. Ishimoto with his staffs

Ishimoto then studied at the Bauhaus of Weimar where he agreed with its progressive architectural philosophy, which he later refined to a combination of Bauhaus and Japanese philosophy. After returning to Japan, he designed the head office of Asahi Newspaper Publishing Company in Tokyo, Iater recognized as a landmark during the Architectural Secession Movement.

1927

While designing the Tokyo Shirokiya Department Store, Dr. Ishimoto founded Kataoka & Ishimoto Architectural Planning Company.

1951
Shirokiya Department Store, Tokyo(1928)

The company name changed to, “Ishimoto Architectural & Engineering Firm, Inc.”, a first Class licensed architect office.
Kikuji Ishimoto became President and Yasaji Nagano, became Vice President.

1958
Nagaoka City Hall(1955)

Dr. Kikuji Ishimoto was nationally recognized for his outstanding contribution to the development and expansion of modern architecture.

1959

Yasaji Nagano was appointed as President.

1963

Kikuji Ishimoto passed away at the age of 69.

1973

The headquaters office building was completed in celebration of the 45th anniversary.

1984

Seiichi Furuhata was appointed as President.

1986
Honda Motor Corporate Head Office(1987)
Bunkamura(1989)

Kl Consultants Co., Inc. was founded.

1992

Ishimoto America, Inc. was established by a joint venture with IDC (Industrial Design Corporation) USA.
IDC Japan, Inc. was established by a joint venture with IDC.

1997

Ishimoto celebrated its 70th anniversary. Michio Sugawara was appointed as President & CEO.

1999
Polytechnic of Milan, New Campus(1998)

Ishimoto Europe s.r.l, was founded in Milan, Italy.
Ishimoto was awarded 1st Prize in the International Competition for The Polytechnic of Milan, New Campus.

2005
Okinawa Museum(2006)

Michio Sugawara was appointed as Chairman & CEO.
Makoto Ishii was appointed as President & COO.

2007

Ishimoto celebrated its 80th anniversary.

2011

Makoto Ishii was appointed as President & CEO.

2012

Ishimoto celebrated its 85th anniversary.

2015
Milano Expo 2015 Japan Pavillion

The Okinawa office was established.

2017

Makoto Ishii was appointed as Chairman & CEO.
Masataka Nagao was appointed as President & COO.
Ishimoto celebrated its 90th anniversary.