Kunihiko Matsui Architects

Designing extraordinary residential and commercial architecture since 1999


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The Crit - a path to learning

Posted by Kunihiko Matsui on July 19, 2016 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (4)

Thirty-something years ago, I was a second-year architectural student at Ball State University.


As soon as I walked in the doors of the Marywood University School of Architecture building on April 30, 2016 and I saw the students preparing and pinning their presentations, I felt I was back in school again as a presenter. I wanted to tell the students I was there to critique “Don’t be nervous,” but I knew they would also need to find their way as I did in 1...

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To Be Continued

Posted by Kunihiko Matsui on June 7, 2016 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)

To Be Continued



When I met my clients, Jeff and Jackie at a Lackawanna Home Builder’s Show in 2007, they told me they had a project in mind for a while and were collecting information.

Jeff asked, “We have many ideas and we’re collecting pictures, etc., but we don’t exactly know what we should do. How can you help us?”

I told them my jo...

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Building Harmonious Relationships

Posted by Kunihiko Matsui on May 23, 2016 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Harmony is essential to all relationships.

One of the most thrilling moments in my architectural career occurs when I develop a personal relationship with my client and I’m able to create a space that provides peace, comfort and joy.

Japanese art and architecture adhere to the principles of harmony with nature. In Japan, a structure can stand alone in a field, or be situated on a city block in a busy metropolis, but chances are it was designed with nature in mind.


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Project Management: Must-Have Skills

Posted by Kunihiko Matsui on May 16, 2016 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)

There’s no denying solid project management expertise and the ability to troubleshoot are must-have skills for architects. Who knows what issues can arise day-to-day? The nature of architecture has always been one of change. Plans can change and challenges occur often times without notice.


My architectural career blossomed and I learned so much while I was employed as a project manager at Hemmler+Camayd Architects. One of my projects at the time, the McDade Center for...

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Nescafe Gold Blend Coffee to Architecture

Posted by Kunihiko Matsui on May 10, 2016 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)

I’m not sure why a national television station in Kyoto, Japan chose a famous architect to endorse Nescafe Gold Blend coffee, but I recall I had one of my first “career” epiphanies while I watched that commercial.

Was it the commercial or was I feeling a call to architecture as an outlet for my creative tendencies? 

There I was, a high school student, lying on the floor in my parents’ home in Kyoto as Japanese architect, “Seike Kiyoshi” pr...

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