Maki and Associates was established in 1965 by Fumihiko Maki, upon his return from a ten year period of study, teaching, and practice in the United States. The office has been based in Tokyo throughout its 42 year history, and is currently staffed by forty architects, urban designers, and administrative personnel. This size has been purposefully limited to enable Maki to maintain a close working relationship with each firm member, and daily involvement with each project. Maki personally takes a leadership role in all commissions from design inception through to completion (including construction supervision).
As a mid-sized office, decision-making and communication at Maki and Associates retains the directness of smaller organizations; each member of the office is involved in and responsible for all aspects of projects, from budget and programming, through design drawing and detailing, to construction supervision. Further, Maki himself is committed to be available for direct client consultation at any time - not simply responsive, but pro-active in addressing a client's needs.