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Makoto Abe, AIA

Senior Practitioner

Makoto is a Senior Practitioner at AW–ARCH with diverse experience in a  variety of institutional, commercial, and residential projects. His skill at integrating materiality with construction and with a project’s fundamental generators makes him an essential contributor in AW–ARCH projects, including Brown University’s Friedman Hall, the Ankara Tower, and the American Indian Learning Resource Center at University of Minnesota – Duluth. Makoto has served as a visiting design critic at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, MIT, and Northeastern University.

Makoto has an M.Arch. from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design and a B.A. from Keio University in Japan.

Alex Anmahian, AIA

Co-Founder / Principal


Alex Anmahian co-founded AW–ARCH in 1992. For more than 30 years, the firm has completed a broad range of notable institutional, commercial, and residential projects in the US and abroad. Alex and co-founder Nick Winton direct the design of all projects at AW, including buildings, art installations, industrial objects, and furniture. The firm's work has been published widely and has been awarded the highest honors within the design industry. 

In addition to AW's practice, Alex teaches, lectures, and serves as visiting critic at leading design schools, both nationally and internationally. He has served on the Board of ArchitectureBoston magazine, on the Board of Directors of the Boston Architectural College, and on the Board of Directors of the Boston Society of Architects, including as its Commissioner of Design. 

Alex received an M.Arch. from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, thesis with distinction, and a B.A. in Architecture from the University of Florida.

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