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Akiko Arai
Registered Architect in NY, WA and OR
Akiko is a founding partner of Sora Design. She has previous experience being a senior designer at N&R (formerly known as MNA), an architecture firm in New York. There, she gained experience managing and designing high end residential and retail projects of both traditional and modern aesthetics. 


Master of Architecture:         
Cornell University - Ithaca, New York

Bachelor of Architecture:     
Iowa State University - Ames, Iowa


Previous work

Katsuya Arai
Design Principal
Katsuya is a founding partner of Sora Design. He gained his knowledge mostly working in New York, and also he has worked internationally in Vienna, Graz, Amsterdam, Tokyo. 


Master of Architecture:       
Cornell University - Ithaca, New York 

Bachelor of Architecture:   
California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo, California                                               

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Previous work

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Hello, and thank you for your interest in us! 

The name of our architecture studio, Sora, means “sky” in Japanese. We decided to call ourselves this, envisioning a clear blue sky with limitless possibilities.

Prior to relocating to Portland, we worked in New York for eight years, after earning our Masters in Architecture at Cornell University. Our project focus was high-end retail and residential work.
We were given the opportunity to design a ground-up residence in the area, which is what prompted us to create our studio and to relocate to Portland. This project is currently underway construction, and we are excited to see through its completion. 

Our goal is to design in a way that is fresh but grounded; New, but familiar. A building is a canvas that comes to life by the people who occupy it. Our goal is to design a space that brings out the “you”.  
We look forward to hearing from you, and being a part of your next project!

- SORA design

New Home Construction
Design Consultation 



Toto & Ocha


We'd love to hear from you

Portland OR
(Currently working from home)

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