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Tetsu Ohara

Adjunct Associate Professor - CCE

Black and white portrait of a man in front of a brick wall.
Interior Design
School of Design

Tetsu Ohara has been teaching studios, options studios/labs and elective courses to students from School of Architecture, School and Continuing & Professional Studies at Pratt since 2007. Launched in 2019, the Faculty-led Japan Study Abroad Program, the summer course, has received the 2023 IES Global Pillar Award for having students work with social/environmental causes in order to contribute to our society. The root for a passion towards sustainability has stemmed from his architectural degree from U.C. Berkeley at College of Environmental Design.

Professional experience design projects include in both the East & West spanning from product design, exhibition design, interior design, to architectural services. He is a principal designer at SpatialDesignStudio in NYC. Some highlights for international cultural work include the Japan Brand “Unfolding” exhibition with the Japanese Ministry of Trade with Felissimo Design House.

Before it, several notable professional experiences list Gabellini Sheppard & Associates for Salvatore Ferragamo store and HLW/UNCMP for United Nations Headquarters renovations.

“A good design reflects a successful combination of collaborating imaginations from diverse disciplines and challenging the constraints of physical/financial limitations while providing environmentally suitable solutions.”

Computer Science, University of California, Los Angeles

Architecture, University of California, Berkeley

Certificate, Harvard University Graduate School of Design: Summer Intensive Program.