Alan Kawasaki

Alan began his architectural career in 1980 at the San Francisco firm of Backen, Arrigoni & Ross, after receiving degrees from UC Berkeley and Harvard University Graduate School of Design. In 1985, he was welcomed as the senior studio designer at RMW Architecture where he was named an Associate and later elevated to Principal.

Alan’s notable projects include the San Jose Art Museum, the Glickman Residence (California AIA Award), Temple Emanu-El, (San Francisco Historic Foundation Award) and San Jose Fire Station No. 1 (Santa Clara Chapter AIA Award). In 1990-1993, Alan was the Project Architect for the Center for the Arts at Yerba Buena Gardens, and from 1996-1998 he was a graduate design studio lecturer, critic and thesis advisor at the University of California, Berkeley.

Around 6 a.m. most mornings before work, you may find Alan in a pool swimming with the Orinda Aquatic Masters. He and his wife, Elaine, spend their free time traveling and visiting with their two sons and daughter-in-law.

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