Koji Saida is a founding partner of Saida + Sullivan Design Partners, and has over 25 years of designing and facilitating construction in Japan and the Bay Area. Growing up in rural Japan, Koji was surrounded by sublime nature, the art of materiality, craft of making, exquisite attention to detail, and personal diligence inherent in the culture influencing his later design sensibilities.
Mr. Saida’ award winning designs emphasize the user’s needs with the synthesis of building systems, the environment and the craft of construction. His keen aesthetic, technical and administrative expertise elevates each project, creating structures that embody both beauty and feasibility. He has worked on large civic, mixed-use housing and transit projects, as well as commercial, retail and custom residential projects; buildings that perform a vital role in leading the way to an environmentally and socially sustainable future.
As a lead designer and project manager, he has a reputation for providing clients with honest advice, not only the good news, but all the facts, enabling clients to make educated decisions. It is this honesty and design sense that has led many of the projects he has been involved in to be realized beyond the clients' original vision.
Mr. Saida is responsible for architectural design, materials exploration, consultant coordination, project development, documentation, quality control and construction observation.