Cities: ideas and insights on the cities we live in

Anne Kovač

Founding Partner of Kovačnica
Culture Design Architecture Exhibition



Kyoto Institute of Technology, Kyoto, Japan
October 2007 to March 2011, Ph.D. Architecture and Design

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, U.S.A.
June 2000 to May 2003, Master of Architecture

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA, U.S.A.
June 1991 to Dec. 1995, BS Degree in Art and Design

Architectural Work Experience

Shinsaku Munemoto & Associates Architects, Kyoto, Japan
Architectural Designer, Multimedia Integration R&D, March 2011 to July 2012
Project architect leading the design of research facilities and urban mixed use projects
Supervision and guidance of interns in conceptual design projects
Joint research efforts collaborating with graduate students at Ritsumeikan University

Domus Studio, San Diego, CA, U.S.A.
Architectural Designer, August 2006 to March 2007
Concept and design development of primary school educational facilities
Design and interior programming of library facilities

David Baker + Partners, San Francisco, CA, U.S.A.
Architectural Designer, May 2005 to June 2006
Design and construction documents for mixed‐use affordable housing communities
Community and developer collaboration to integrate community resources with residences
Member of design team for a housing project receiving the 2012 Urban Land Institute Global Award
for Excellence as a catalyst for neighborhood development

Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, San Francisco, CA, U.S.A.
Junior Architect, March 2004 to March 2005
Concept design and documentation of large scale international multi‐use projects
Development of documentation standards and design coordination for glass facade systems
Environmental studies concept design for university housing developments

Norman Foster and Partners, London, UK
Winter Break Externship Program, January 2003
Concept design studies of housing developments for central London
Assistant in construction site management

Yasuimoku Komuten, Traditional Japanese Architectural Firm, Muko‐shi, Japan 
Intern, June to August 2002
Study of traditional building techniques, material use and design philosophy
Assistant in renovation of traditional wooden structures in the Kyoto Imperial Palace complex

Graphic Design Work Experience

Jacobs Fulton Design Group, Palo Alto, CA, U.S.A.
Graphic Designer, Project Manager, October 1998 to April 2000
Management of design and print production in collaborative team environment
Direct collaboration with clients to meet design and production objectives

RKD, Inc., Palo Alto, CA, U.S.A.
Graphic Designer, August 1995 to October1998
Project leader in managing the design and production of diverse printed projects
Supervision of Junior staff in design development teams

Museum Exhibition Design

X‐RAY Exhibition, Kyoto University Museum, Kyoto, Japan, March 2010
Collaboration with multidisciplinary team to develop an interactive educational exhibition
Concept design of interactive media table exhibit
Largest grossing exhibition for the museum on record


Integrative Design Strategies for Multimedia and Architecture, Anne James, Dai Nagasaka,
ACADIA (Association for Computer‐Aided Design in Architecture) Conference Proceedings,
Integration Through Computation, Banff, Canada, October 2011

Theoretical Connection Points Between Multimedia and Architecture, Anne James,
Dai Nagasaka, Journal of Asian Architecture, Building and Engineering,
Vol. 10, No. 1, May 2011.

Towards the Integration of Multimedia and Architecture: A Theoretical Framework for Understanding the Architectural Significance of Multimedia, Anne James, Dai Nagasaka,
Dissertation Submission for Ph.D. Candidacy at the Kyoto Institute of Technology, Department of Architecture and Design, March 2011

Architectonics of Multimedia, Anne James, Interspaces: Art + Architectural Exchanges from East to West Conference Proceedings, Melbourne, Australia, August 2010.

Architectonic Influences of Multimedia and Their Spatial Significance, Anne James,
Dai Nagaska, EVA, Electronic Visualization and Arts, Digital arts practice,
Conference Proceedings, London, UK, July 2010.

Experience Informing Exhibition: The Essential Nature of Sensory Perception in Design, Anne James,
International Conference on Design History and Design Studies, Another Name for Design,
Conference Proceedings, Osaka, Japan, October 2008.

Conferences, Workshops and Lectures

ACADIA Conference, Banff, Canada
Conference Presenter, October, 2011

Kyoto Institute of Technology, Kyoto, Japan
Invited Lecturer on Multimedia Integrated with Architecture, June 2010

Architectural Design Workshop, Skopje, Macedonia
Selected participant for week long sponsored workshop to research and document
architecture and community spaces in the Old Bazaar area of Skopje, October 2010

Interspaces Conference, Melbourne, Australia
Conference Presenter, August, 2010

EVA, Electronic Visualization and Arts Conference, London, UK
Conference Presenter, July, 2010

Japan Builders Society Housing Workshop, Tokyo, Japan
Selected student participant for week long sponsored workshop on housing and
community models in the larger Tokyo metropolitan area, August, 2009

Osaka University, Osaka, Japan
Invited Lecturer on Multimedia in Architecture, April, 2009

International Conference on Design History and Design Studies, Osaka, Japan
Conference Presenter, October, 2008

Structures for Inclusion Conference, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, U.S.A.
Student Representative on 2003 Conference Steering Committee

Annie E. Casey Foundation Center for Working Families Workshop, Washington D.C.
Invited participant in workshop to develop community centers focusing on needs of low income persons seeking employment, October, 2002

Architecture Honors and Awards

Monbukagakusho Fellowship, Awarded by the Japanese Government to Conduct Research and PhD Studies in Japan at the Kyoto Institute of Technology
Department of Architecture and Design, 2007–2011

Inform Magazine Student Design Award, 1st Place, Spring 2003
Collaborative design build project at the University of Virginia

National Solar House Design Competition, 2nd Place Overall, Fall 2002
Collaborative design of a thermal mass coupled with a plenum space that collects heat
during the day and distributes it into the house in the evening.

UVA School of Architecture Fellowship, 2000, 2002

Dupont Fellowship 2001

Graphic Design Honors and Awards

Potlatch 1999, 2000 Award Show, Top 30 Annual Reports

AR 100 Award Show, 1999

Appleton Papers Award of Design Excellence, 1999

Potlatch 1998 Award Show, Honorable Mention

Computer Skills

Vectorworks, Rhino, AutoCad, Revit, Blender, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign