Personal Greeting Kimon Onuma, FAIA

Onuma, Inc.
2000 points

Contact Details

Onuma, Inc.
Pasadena, CA


Kimon Onuma, FAIA, builds architecturally informed environments for the digital and physical world. Having used BIM for over two decades in his architectural practice, Kimon guides architects and owners into information driven design. In 1994, years before it was mainstream, he demonstrated BIM benefits on numerous large scale U.S. government projects.

Kimon leads a unique team of architects and computer scientists at the 1988 company he founded, Onuma, Inc. His ONUMA System, a web based tool that allows both tech and non-tech savvy users to cloud collaborate in real-time, creates data output that generates BIM.

As the creator of over 35 BIMStorms, the BIM charrette that became a “Woodstock” for the building industry was a 24 hour event, bringing together 133 design professionals and industry specialists from 11 countries together to plan, design and collaborate 420 buildings totaling over 55 million square feet. BIMStorm LAX garnered a 2008 AIA TAP Award.

In addition to presenting domestically and internationally at over 400 industry events, Kimon authored numerous industry journals, like the 2006 AIA Report on Integrated Practice titled "The 21st Century Practitioner.”

Recent federal agency projects include the Department of Defense Military Health System and Department of Veterans Affairs for their healthcare strategic planning, programming and facility management. His approach focuses on agile, lean and implementable big ideas for all stages of the facility life-cycle. As an innovator, Kimon services his clients with design and processes that become the catalyst for the building industry.

Kimon is on the buildingSMART Alliance Board of Direction and served as the 2013 AIA TAP chair.


University of Southern California
Los Angeles, California, United States
B Arch, 1983
1978 To 1983

Job History

Onuma, Inc.
June 1988 - present

Lee, Burkhart, Liu
Santa Monica, CA, United States
June 1986 - June 1988

deBretteville and Polyzoides
Los Angeles, CA, United States
June 1983 - June 1986