Midori Ainoura


Midori has two decades of professional experience designing complex office, master planning, residential, academic and institutional projects across the UK, the United States, Europe and Asia. Her site-specific and contextual design approach capitalises on the urban and environmental potential of each specific project and she brings an enriched sense of place to her work that she carefully weaves into their fabric.


She is currently leading the large-scale master plan along with the residential and office buildings at Bankside Yards next to the Tate Modern, which will establish a distinct new place for life, work and leisure in the heart of London. She is also leading the design for the Westferry Printworks site and its associated residential buildings on the Isle of Dogs in East London. This project reconnects the existing residential neighbourhood to the historic dock and includes a dynamic mix of market-rate and affordable housing along with a secondary school and a variety of public open spaces.


Midori helped Ron lead the design of The Edge, our multi-award-winning sustainable beacon in Amsterdam created for Deloitte. The project set new standards for sustainable design through actively-integrated environmental features and also proactive intelligent workplace design.


She also worked on a wide range of projects across Europe, Asia, India and the United States. These include master plans in Gurgaon, India and Moscow, hotel resorts in Macau, China and Abu Dhabi, a media centre in Abu Dhabi, an office and retail development in Delhi, a headquarters 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 Gardens Campus for Imperial College.


Following a Master of Engineering in Ecological City Planning from Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1998, Midori received 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 Travelling Fellowship and the Mario J. Romanach Memorial Fellowship. Her theatre design work has been featured in the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts.