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Our Philosophy

Our Mission

Asakura Robinson enhances environments and positively impacts communities through innovation, engagement, stewardship, and an integrated planning and design process.

Our Vision and Values

Asakura Robinson is a planning, urban design, and landscape architecture firm which strengthens environments and positively impacts communities through innovation, engagement, stewardship, and an integrated design process and our employees are leaders in social and environmental design. As a firm, we strive to assist visionary clients to spur positive change. We focus on engaging communities in ever more diverse project contexts while maintaining a high level of creativity and collaboration in every endeavor.

Three key values inform all of our work: interaction, diversity and innovation. We value the ability of the public to participate in our projects, creating places that encourage social interaction, and our staff’s deep engagement in our communities. We value our diverse workplace and communities and seek to optimize existing community-based and ecological resources. Finally, we value creativity in our processes, materials, technology, collaborations, approach, and design palette.

Firm Profile

Founded in 2004 by Keiji Asakura and Margaret Robinson, the firm has built a solid reputation for sustainable design solutions and design excellence. For the past 30 years, principals of Asakura Robinson have delivered projects large and small, locally and internationally by providing our clients with creative design solutions to meet their specific needs for complex and challenging problems. We believe a successful project requires understanding the visions and needs of clients and is the first step in our collaborative design process. Founded in Houston, we opened offices in Austin in 2013, Los Angeles in 2014 and New Orleans in 2015.

Our works have been recognized through numerous design awards, included a 2014 Texas ASLA merit award for Mandell Park, and acknowledged by our community of critics, peers and clients at the national, state and local levels.

Our people are the most valued resource that our firm has to offer. The essential element
that drives our collaborative design process, the Asakura Robinson team represents a broad cross section of the profession and of society as a whole. Our diversity fuels our creative efforts as we deliver well designed, environmentally responsible and technically sound projects.

Our Commitment

We are dedicated to deliver our work at the highest level. We are also committed to our team and understand that talented and motivated people who are encouraged to excel are the engine of excellence in design.

At Asakura Robinson, our people invest themselves in their work, and we want that investment to lead to rewarding and successful careers. Our team member attributes are highly self-motivated, team-oriented, creative and innovative, willing to learn and to mentor, excellent graphic, oral and written communication skills, caring for others, respect for client values and advocacy of sustainable communities.

In addition to a professionally challenging, supportive environment, we offer competitive compensation and benefits.

In Our Communities

ARC staff is encouraged to engage with the community. These are just some of the organizations we currently support through board and committee commitments or volunteer hours:

Keiji Asakura, PLA, CLARB

Former City of Houston Planning Commission
Urban Harvest Board Member
Blueprint Houston Board Member
Scenic Houston Board Member
Houston Botanic Garden Advisory Council

Margaret Robinson, PLA, LEED AP

2013-Present, The Cultural Landscape Foundation Stewardship Council2010-Present
LSU-Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture Advisory Committee2007-Present
Texas Land/Water Sustainability Forum Steering Committee- Charter member

Hayley Pallister

Citizens’ Environmental Coalition, Board Member (2011 – 2013), Advisor (present),
AIA Committee on the Environment Gulf Coast Green Symposium, Conference Volunteer (2007), Green Map Houston Chair (2008), Publicity Vice Chair (2008), Speaker Chair (2009 – 2011)
WiSER (Women in Sales Executive Roles), Steering Committee (2011 – present)
Better Block Houston, Steering Committee (2011)
Houston Cultural Arts Designation, Steering Committee (2011)
Houston Land & Water Sustainability Forum, Steering Committee Member (2008), Low Impact Development Design Competition Coordinator (2008)
SMPS (Society for Marketing Professional Services) Houston, Communications Committee (2002 – 2005), Treasurer (2004 – 2006) Board Member (2002 – 2006)

Zakcq Lockrem, AICP

Austin Pedestrian Advisory Council, Alternate (2015 – Present)
Houston/Harris County Obesity Prevention Collaborative, Steering Committee (2012 – 2014)
Citizen’s Transportation Coalition, Houston, TX, Board Member (2011 – 2012)
Cite: The Architecture and Design Review of Houston, Editorial Committee Member (2012 – 2013)
Planners Network, Members and Chapters Committee (2010-2014)
LivableStreets Alliance, Cambridge, MA, Board Member (2009-2010)

Marjaneh Afkhami, PLA

Farhang Foundation, Orange County Council (2015-present)

Eric Leshinsky, LEED AP

Galveston Coastal Heritage Preserve, Advisory Council (2014 – Present)
DiverseWorks, Artist Board Member (2012-2013)
Baltimore D:center, Founding Board Member (2008-2010)

Alykhan Mohamed
Parkland Events Task Force, District 2 Representative (2015 – present)
Chestnut Neighborhood Neighborhood Plan Contact Team, Website Design Committee (2015 – present)