Kenichi Nakano

Our deepest condolences go out to the family of our dear friend, colleague, and mentor...

Kenichi Nakano
Below is the message Jeff Hou sent on behalf of our Department on 8/9/2012.
Dear friends, students, and alumni, 
It is with great sadness that we share with you the news that our dear friend and colleague Kenichi Nakano passed away earlier this week after battling with cancer. Kenichi was one of the very first graduates of our program. Graduated with a BLA in 1968, he went on to study and receive a MLA from Harvard. Upon returning to Seattle, Kenichi has taught for many years in the department before starting his own private practice and established his office Nakano Associates in 1991. Even after years of practice, Kenichi still described teaching as his no. 1 passion. 
Over the years, Kenichi has been a contributor to the department by serving on the department's Professional Advisory Council and participated in countless studio reviews and class lectures. He was also instrumental in organizing the Gala in 2010 celebrating 50 years of landscape architecture education and practice in the Pacific Northwest. 
Kenichi has been an inspiring mentor to many of us through his design philosophy, stories, and humor. In his distinguished career, he and his office have produced an outstanding body of work that profoundly represents the aesthetic and spirit of the region. They include projects such as the International Fountain at the Seattle Center, green street ordinance, Washington State History Museum in Tacoma, High Point HOPE IV Redevelopment, Bellingham Arts District Master Plan, and numerous campus designs. 
We will miss him greatly as a friend, colleague, and mentor.
Jeff Hou, Chair
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Mt. Baker Community Club on September 29, 2012 (6-10pm at Mt. Baker Community Club). Any questions? Please check or email bbsanders01 at msn dot com. Thoughts, memories and well wishes can be shared at
Memorials in honor of Kenichi can be made by donating to the "Kenichi Nakano Scholarship Fund" established to support students in our department:
Full obituary can also be found here:
Posted Monday 20 August 2012 at 4:02 pm
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