Senior Architect, Masterplanner & Associate
Nikken Sekkei

Having fallen in love with architectural design, Segene entered the College of Architecture, Design and Art in the University of Illinois at Chicago and joined the Annex 5 in Epstein as a project designer after graduation in 2003. The Annex 5 was an Epstein’s in-house architectural design studio dedicated to providing an architecturally sensitive clientele with a socially focused sense of design. His creativity and punctuality contributed to the team success; his designs brought the numerous awards and were published in Architectural Record, New York Times Online Edition, AIA Magazine, and other publications.

In 2007 he joined Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill (SOM), Chicago, a global architectural, urban planning and engineering firm. His work extended to overseas projects on diverse scales. One of the remarkable works was his 354m-tower in Russia; it was exhibited in Venice Biennale in 2008 and introduced as a new form of Russian modern architecture of that time.

After marriage and relocation to Tokyo, Japan his interest in design further expanded into urban planning. He entered the department of the Urban Design and Planning in Nikken Sekkei, Japan’s biggest and global design firm of around 3,000 employees, in 2015. There soon he started to lead Nikken’s urban planning team, continuing to win three major international architecture/masterplan competitions. Those projects were also published in ArchDaily and other major publications in Russia. In 2020 his team was again awarded with the Urban Awards for Best Comfort Class Complex for another architecture/urban planning project in Moscow.

So far, he has been involved with different kinds of worldwide projects on all scales: architectural designs for residential building, office, hotel, museum, convention center, high-rise building, super tall building, and sustainable building, landscape design and urban planning; however, Segene is still a young architect. More unique and glamorous works of both architectural design and urban planning will be incorporated into his portfolio for many years to come.

In addition, Segene became a president of AIA Japan (AIAJ) in 2021 after serving over four years with AIAJ as a board member, secretary, and vice-president. He has been a member of the Cliff Dwellers (CD) in Chicago since 2005 and served as the CD Arts Foundation committee member in 2008 – 2012. The CD Arts Foundation’s mission is to support the arts by providing arts-oriented organizations and individuals with grants, by helping present performances at the Club, and by sponsoring an annual music competition. He was also a member of the Chicago Architectural Club in 2006 and the Lions Club International, Seoul, Korea in 1995.

Speaking at the Following:

May 17

Monday, May 17, 2021

Young Leaders Group Forum ‘Guidelines for the Future – Sustainable Leadership for a World in Transition’

6:00pm – 8:00pm

The Summit’s Young Leaders Group (YLG) Forum will be a unique event bringing together real estate professionals under the age of 35.