Building Informed Environments

Kimon Onuma, FAIA, builds architecturally informed environments for the digital and physical world. Having used BIM for  three decades in his architectural practice, Kimon guides architects and owners into information driven design. In 1994, years long 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.


Software Developers


Kimon Onuma FAIA

As the creator of over 40 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 through the National Institute of Building Sciences include the Department of Defense Military Health System, Department of Veterans Affairs for their healthcare strategic planning, programming and facility management and Department of State Overseas Building Operations. 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 Chair of the Thought Leadership Subcommittee of the buildingSMART Alliance and served as the 2013 AIA TAP chair.

Partial List of Clients

Art Center College of Design
Atsugi Naval Base
Balfour Beatty
Booz Allen Hamilton
Broaddus & Associates
Build Hospital Live
Catskill Elementary
Chabot College
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
College of the Desert
Cooper High
Cresewood Elementary
Del Amo Elementary
Delta Community College
Departement of Veterans Affairs
Department of Defense
Department of General Services CA
Department of Homeland Security
Department of State
Defense Health Agency
General Services Adminstration
National Insitute of Building Sciences
Fleming Middle
Foundation for CA Community Colleges
Halldale Elementary
Karl Storz
Leapwood Elementary
Leland Elementary
Leo Daly
Los Angeles Community Colleges
Los Angeles Unified School District
Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni
Michael Baker
Ministry of Health Holdings Singapore
Misawa Air Force Base
Misawa Homes
National Capital Planning Commission
Orcutt Winslow
Park Western Elementary
Point Fermin Elementary
Rancho Santiago Community College
San Francisco Department of Emergency Services
San Diego Community College
San Mateo College
Seventh Street Elementary
Solano Community College
South Orange Community Colleges
Southwest College
Solano College
Southland Homes
Strategic Building Innovation
Sussex Tech
Tinian Hotel
Trus Joist
US Army Corps of Engineers
US Coast Guard
US Coast Guard Academy
US Department of State
US Navy
US Marine Corps
US Air Force
White Middle School
West Point
Yokosuka Naval Station
Yokota Air Force Base