Push Me, Pull You
This year’s speaker series is structured as a set of intimate conversations between design professionals and thought leaders from other disciplines. The intention is that the dialogue promotes an exchange that reveals synergies between their disciplines that inspire innovation. The Design School Lecture series is free and open to the public.
Collaborative Separations – Design Discussion featuring Joey N. Shimoda and Andy Wailser
Joey Shimoda, FAIA, FIIDA and Andy Waisler have been friends and collaborators for nearly 17 years. Their relationship has spanned the gamut from client to designer as well as co-collaborators in residential and commercial ventures. Joey has worked with companies such as Rolex, Mikimoto, TOMS Shoes, Steelcase and Tishman Speyer in creating buildings and spaces to live and work. Andy has worked with Disney, DreamWorks, HBO, Sony - Special Projects Tokyo, and Digital Domain, on projects ranging from feature animation to visual effects to architecture.
Their separate interests and backgrounds are the key elements in their successful collaborations. Their discussion will allow the students to gain a unique insight into the work environment where projects and project teams last only a short while, while the ideas and relationships take a longer a trajectory. Their collective projects include a private residence and a production studio for a prominent director and producer.
Joey N. Shimoda, FAIA, FIIDA
Chief Creative Officer, Shimoda Design Group
Joey N. Shimoda earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. In the early years of his career, Mr. Shimoda has worked with Morphosis Architects, Peter Wilson of Buros von Bolles + Wilson in London, and Frank Gehry and Associates.
On Valentine’s Day 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 fifteen, the studio has the ability to assemble an optimum team of design professionals according to each clients' needs to include planners, landscape architects, graphic designers, lighting consultants and marketing professionals. Currently the firm has ongoing projects in Brooklyn and Los Angeles.
Clients include: Rolex, Mikimoto, Viacom, Tishman Speyer, Bad Robot Productions, TOMS Shoes, Harwood International, Worthe Real Estate Group, EVOQ Properties, Equity Commercial Properties, Bloomberg and Steelcase.
In January 2013, Mr. Shimoda was named Designer of the Year by Contract Magazine. In January 2014, Mr. Shimoda was elevated to the College of Fellows for the American Institute of Architects. In 2015, Mr. Shimoda was elevated to the College of Fellows for the International Interior Design Association. Less than 20 designers in the United States share the distinction of Fellow as both an architect and interior designer.
Andy Waisler was born and raised in Los Angeles; he did his undergraduate degree at RISD and Sarah Lawrence College, then his masters at SCI-Arc. A third-year graduate studio offered an opportunity to study in Tokyo, Kanazawa, and Kyoto. More than any other part of his education, this helped form his point-of-view about creative problem solving.
After school a meandering path led through graphic design, various art department jobs in TV and feature film, motion graphics, visual effects, feature animation and architecture.
Not running a traditional design firm has necessitated creating a network of collaborators, creative and technical. Based on the scale of a project, teams can run from fairly intimate to significant in size; and the job description can run from client representative, to technical advisor, to head designer. Waisler's approach to any project is consistent, regardless of medium – ‘Simple is usually not.’
Current studio size: one.