We offer full services, from concept to completion of construction:
- Concept design
- Schematic design
- Design development
- Construction drawings
- Construction administration
- Site Planning
- Interior Design
- 3D visualizations and walk-throughs
- Digital modeling
- Scale modeling
- Material research
- Detailing and fabrication techniques
I-Kanda Architects is an award-winning architectural design practice founded by Isamu & Marley Kanda, following graduation from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
The firm creates buildings and spaces that are modern, yet enduring – equal parts purpose and sculpture; broadly ranging from lofty barn conversions to Back Bay penthouses, boutique storefronts to mountain-side cabins. The firm approaches each project as a new array of needs and desires out of which to conceive uniquely enhanced environments. Their aim is to turn constraints into possibilities - to work with clients, builders and contexts to realize ideas far beyond anyone’s initial hopes.
Since its inception, the Boston based firm’s work has graced the covers of Boston Home Magazine and Boston Globe Magazine, and been published in Dwell, Dezeen and Azure. In 2017 the firm received the AIA Design Honor Award by the Boston chapter of the American Institute of Architects. In 2018 the firm received the Best of Boston Home Award for Urban Architect, and was selected as "Next Progressives" by Architect Magazine.
Isamu is the Founder of I-Kanda Architects, bringing over 15 years of experience to the firm. Prior to founding I-Kanda, Isamu was a senior associate at Arquitectonica International, and previously worked 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 MA and NY.
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
Marley 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 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.
Yifei joined I-Kanda as a Designer. Prior to this, Yifei worked at Yunnan Architecture Design Institute in China. She received a Bachelor of Architecture from Sichuan University, and a Master of Architecture from the University of California. Yifei has worked and studied in China and the US.
Yifei’s motivation comes from discovering the links between culture, history and modernism in architecture. She enjoys painting, photography cooking and jogging.