"Karin utilizes her skills from developing conceptual design models to assisting with the preparation of final design and construction documents for our projects."

Karin Hirose

Project Manager & Senior Designer

Karin is a key member of the FNI team in our Rhode Island Studio. She utilizes her skills from master planning and programming to the preparation of final design and construction documents for our projects. She has a strong interest in technologies and natural science, which frequently influences the design of academic spaces, especially our design and technology centers and outdoor learning spaces Karin puts a strong emphasis on the special relationship of the academic community and the integration of nature into academic spaces.

At FNI she has been working as a project manager for the Nun Academy, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia since 2016. The Nun academy project is a 2800 student PK-12 Boys and Girls schools that will be managed by Kunskapsskolan of Sweden.  The school campus is in the new Mayasem development near the Kingdom tower, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The project requires a high level of management, communication, and collaboration utilizing 3D model collaboration software with our studio in Bangalore and the partner A/E firm in Dubai, for high quality and expedient delivery of the projects.

Karin is currently working on the new secondary school for the International School of Kazan in Tatarstan, Russia. The new school will be adjacent to the existing President’s Primary school completed by FNI on 2015.

Karin has worked previously in Japan as an FNI project manager on the master plan for the Canadian Academy (CA) in Kobe in 2016. CA is a private school located on Rokko Island with 600 students from PK-12. The master plan covers reorganization of the main building for primary, middle and high school students, development of the new outdoor spaces, and explores the options for the additional campus housing.

Karin graduated from Roger Williams University with a Bachelor of Science in Historic Preservation and a Master of Architecture. She worked as an intern at Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission (RIHPHC) and later worked as a summer intern at FNI for several years.

She spent her childhood in Japan and her high school years in Leysin, Switzerland. There she was first involved in building construction as a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity of Romania. She has travelled extensively in Bangladesh, Bosnia, Malta, Australia, and throughout Europe.