Midori Ainoura


Midori is a Partner at PLP Architecture with over 18 years of professional experience designing complex office, masterplanning, residential, academic and institutional projects across the United States, the UK, Europe and Asia. Her site-specific and contextual design approach enhances urbanistic and environmental potentials of each specific place and project.  Her design enriches particular sense of place of projects and carefully weaved them into their urban fabric.


As a Design Partner, Midori is currently leading the large scale masterplan including residential and office buildings, Sampson House and Ludgate House next to Tate Modern establishing a new distinct place for live, work and leisure in the heart of London.   She also leads the design of the masterplan and residential buildings for a site on the Isle of Dogs in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. The project includes market and affordable housing, a secondary school and public open space.


Midori led the design of the award-winning “The Edge” building in Amsterdam, which set not only a new standard for sustainable design through environmental features but also proactive intelligent workplace design.


Midori, as a Senior Associate Principal at KPF London, worked on projects across Europe, Asia, India and the United States. These projects range from masterplans in Gurgaon and Moscow, hotel resorts in Macau, China and Abu Dhabi, a media centre in Abu Dhabi, an office and retail development in Delhi, a headquarter building in Amsterdam and the new National Theatre of Cyprus. In London, she worked on a library extension for the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich and two new halls of residence at the Prince’s Garden campus for Imperial College.


Having formerly worked in Philadelphia, Midori contributed to the design for the New Music Building for Skidmore College in Clinton, New York and three projects in Pennsylvania, a student residence for the Muhlenberg College in Allentown, the Center for Health Research and Rural Advocacy in Danville, and the Graduate School of Education for the University of Pennsylvania. Her student housing project for Muhlenberg College and the project for Skidmore College (now named the Arthur Zankel Music Center) have respectively received a number of AIA Honor and Merit Awards from the AIA Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Cleveland chapters.


Her theatre design work has been chosen for the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Art, London.


Midori received a Master of Engineering in Ecological City Planning from Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1998 and a Master of Architecture from University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Fine Arts in 1999. Her distinguished graduate work in architectural design has been awarded a number of accolades by the University of Pennsylvania, including the Arthur Spayd Brooke Memorial Prize, the E. Lewis Dales Traveling Fellowship and the Mario J. Romanach Memorial Fellowship.