Isamu Kanda is the Founder of I-Kanda Architects, bringing over 15 years of experience to the firm. Prior to founding I-Kanda, Isamu worked as a Senior Associate at Arquitectonica International, and also for Preston Scott Cohen, FTL Happold, and Santiago Calatrava. Isamu draws on a broad background of cultural, residential, and commercial projects; ranging in size from 2,000 SF to 2 million SF, located throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. He received a Bachelor of Science in Structural Engineering from Cornell University and a Masters of Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Isamu has studied and worked in France, Italy and Japan. He has been a visiting architectural studio critic at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northeastern University, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and is a licensed Architect in Massachusetts and New York.
Isamu’s motivation stems from an ongoing experimentation with how geometry, structure, light and circulation can be shaped to inspire an elevated experience of space. In his free time, he enjoys juggling 2 young sons, gut-renovating their 1850’s townhouse, and riding Japanese motorcycles.
Marley Wright Kanda is a Principal at I-Kanda Architects, as well as a licensed real estate agent. She draws from over 10 years of professional experience, including extensive work on civic, institutional, commercial, residential and interior design projects. Prior to joining I-Kanda, Marley worked at Selldorf Architects, Leers Weinzapfel Architects, and Sasaki. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Barnard College, Columbia University and a Master of Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. She has been a visiting architectural studio critic at Northeastern University and The Boston Architectural College. Marley is a member of the American Institute of Architects and holds licenses as both an Architect and a Realtor in Massachusetts.
Marley’s motivation lies in discovering how buildings live, breathe, and are experienced through ever-evolving combinations of art, objects, materials, and spatial sequencing. In her free time, she enjoys juggling 3 boys, fashion, traveling, running, and yoga.
Sangsuri Chun joined I-Kanda as a lead architectural designer. Sangsuri’s diverse background contributes to the breadth and depth of projects at I-Kanda. Prior to joining I-Kanda, Sangsuri worked at DMP Partners and the National Research Foundation of Korea. He received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Soongsil University and his Masters of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design. Sangsuri has worked and studied in Korea, Spain, and the US.
Sangsuri enjoys architectural photography, travel, hand-crafting leather goods, and spending time with his infant son.
Andrew Van Meerbeke joined I-Kanda as a Designer. Prior to this, Andrew worked at Island Exterior Fabricators and Neil Pelone Architecture. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and was named a Brown's Traveling Fellow. Andrew has studied in India, Europe, and the US.
Andrew enjoys photography, grilling, ventures by foot, and his wife's superb cooking.