Keiko was born in Nederland, Texas, and was raised in Sugar Land, Texas. She’s lived in San Diego since 2014. Keiko’s love for architecture was inspired by living in two different countries and being exposed to the cultural differences manifested through buildings and spaces. She attended Rice University and graduated with a bachelor’s in architecture in 2009 (with honors). She then went on to earn earned a Certificate of Urban Design, and a Master’s in Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania in 2010. She is a registered and licensed California Architect.
Prior to joining Platt/Whitelaw, Keiko practiced in New York and Oklahoma, working on a wide range of projects in diverse sectors including commercial, education, public, residential and hospitality. She became a Platt/Whitelaw Associate in 2019.
Keiko is bilingual in Japanese and English and enjoys traveling; she has visited Japan nearly every year since childhood and has traveled across a dozen European countries. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and exploring new places.