Tsutomu Ben Kishimoto




Master of Architecture, Harvard University Graduate School of Design

Bachelor of Architecture, Syracuse University


Architect Licensed to Practice in the States of Virginia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York and the District of Columbia

LEED® Accredited Professional



  • American Institute of Architects


2000 Tower Oaks Boulevard
2010 IIDA Special Merit Award
2009 Peerless Rockville Honors “Green” Design + Construction
2009 NAIOP DC|MD Award of Excellence Best Suburban Office
2009 NAIOP DC|MD Award of Excellence Best Green Building
2008 Illumination Awards

The Tower Building
2003 NAIOP DC|MD Award of Excellence
2002 TOBY Award

REHAU North American Headquarters
2003 NAIOP Northern Virginia Award of Excellence
2002 AIA Virginia Award of Excellence

National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation 
2012 Bronze Brick in Architecture
2012 Signatures of Loudoun Design Pace Setter Award

“Salutogenic Design” for CREW Maryland
June 25, 2015

Founding Principal Ben Kishimoto offers more than three decades of design and management experience. His extensive knowledge extends from master planning to architecture and interiors for a variety of building types, including corporate headquarters, hotel and retail design, multifamily housing, academic buildings and mixed-use developments.

At KGD Architecture, Ben is responsible for project design and management as well as marketing and administration of the firm. He served as Principal-in-Charge of the innovative, sustainable headquarters of the Tower Companies in Rockville, Maryland, and National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation in Dulles, Virginia. Among his recent award-winning projects are KGD’s office interiors and REHAU’s North American Headquarters, designed in collaboration with partner Chris Gordon.

Ben’s dedication to excellence in architecture is reflected in his ongoing involvement in educational, public service and professional organizations. He serves on the architectural review boards for Fairview Park and for the Lansdowne Conservancy.

Ben holds a Master of Architecture degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Syracuse University. He is a licensed and registered architect in Virginia, Maryland, District of Columbia, New York and Massachusetts, and is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. In 2008, Ben earned LEED® accreditation from the United States Green Building Council and believes sustainable design should be a part of every project.

Select Experience

2000 Tower Oaks Boulevard | Rockville, MD

Bethesda Place II | Bethesda, MD

Centerpointe III | Fairfax, VA

E.J. Randolph II Building for Booz Allen Hamilton | Tysons Corner, VA

Lakeside at Woodland Park | Herndon, VA

National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation Headquarters | Dulles, VA

REHAU North American Headquarters | Leesburg, VA

Reston Eastpointe | Reston, VA

Tower Building | Rockville, MD

Tower Oaks Master Plan | Rockville, MD

Tower III & IV Office Buildings | Rockville, MD

Bethesda Place I | Bethesda, MD*

Discovery Communications Inc., Regional Office | Los Angeles, CA*

Lansdowne Executive Conference Center | Lansdowne, VA*

National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) | Chantilly, VA*

*While employed with previous firm.

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