1977 M. Sc. University of Tehran, Iran (Studies in Architectural Engineering and Urban Planning)
Ali Ganjehlou, an architect with more than 30 years of international experience in Japan, North America, Asia and the Middle East, joined Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology as the Vice President of Building and Facility Management Division in August 2015. Prior to joining OIST, he provided services for the leading consulting firm of Japan, Nikken Sekkei since 1989. He was responsible for general management of New York office of Nikken Sekkei in the past, and was the general manager of Riyadh office of Nikken Sekkei since 2010 until leaving his position to join OIST.
His responsibilities in his previous position included marketing, client relations, project implementation, design management, selection of consultants, overseeing large scale projects from initial proposal stages until architectural and engineering design, tendering, selection of general contractors, construction supervision, completion of construction, occupancy, and post construction services.
Prior to joining Nikken Sekkei, Ali Ganjehlou provided services for major international Japanese clients of Takenaka Corporation in the USA through the New York office of the company. His duties included full turnkey design-built services for the Japanese clients in various states of North America, including site selection, land acquisition, obtaining government permits, site planning, selection of consultants, architectural and engineering design, cost estimate, selection of local sub-contractors, construction supervision, and assisting the clients in installation of equipment, final occupancy, and operation.
Ali Ganjehlou has also worked as an architectural designer for the offices of Kisho Kurokawa in Tokyo under direct supervision of Kisho Kurokawa, on planning and architectural projects in Japan and overseas.
Ali Ganjehlou obtained his Master’s Degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from University of Tehran, and completed his Ph.D. studies in Architectural Engineering at University of Tokyo. He has also completed various research programs as a research fellow with distinguished professors of architecture at Tokyo Institute of Technology in Tokyo, University of Hawaii in Honolulu, and Columbia University in New York.