Chief Design Officer
Senior Executive Officer
Hiroaki Otani joined Nikken in 1986. He specializes in architectural design. He has produced numerous works reflecting intimate knowledge of Japanese culture, as exemplified by the Layer House, which won the AIJ Prize. Recently, he has designed numerous projects reflecting local cultural aspects, both in Japan and in other countries. His project designs include The Ritz-Carlton Kyoto, the Imperial Household Agency Office of the Shosoin Repository, The Museum of Art Ehime, the Keyence Corporation Head Office, and an expansion in capacity for the Hajj at the Great Mosque of Mecca in Saudi Arabia. He has experience in a wide range of architectural design fields, and has participated in numerous competitions with distinction. He is a registered first-class architect, a registered architect of the Japan Institute of Architects (JIA), a member of the Architectural Institute of Japan (AIJ), and a visiting professor at Kobe University.