About Us

The Team

Edwin Henry Folk IV – Managing Partner

Edwin H. Folk started the WFP in 2006 with only one goal: providing clients with the best architectural services in the Japan market. Edwin has spent the last 18 years in Japan working and has over 25 years of international PM, CM and design experience. He has a sense of materials and detail that have been refined over time. As a designer with a background in PM and CM gives him the ability to deliver on time and on budget complex projects. Edwin has done PM for some of the largest foreign companies in Japan with a high degree of satisfaction. Being both bilingual and bicultural Edwin knows the Japanese market and how to measure the expectations of the client and deliver on time and budget.

Ivan Pazos – Senior Project Architect

Ivan Pazos has almost 20 years of international experience in some of the most prestigious design firms. The experience as a senior architect and team leader at SOM has given Ivan the ability to not only create cutting edge designs around the world but also deliver according to the needs of a specific project. Most recently Ivan has worked as a senior architect for Nihon Seikkei in the international division where he worked on large and medium scale civic, commercial and hospitality projects. Ivan is qualified as a licensed architect in both the United States and Spain.

Ikuko Ota – Project Architect

Ikuko Ota is a first class registered architect in Japan. With over 15 years experience working with some of the best know companies and designers in Japan she offers not only the skills of an architect but the innate knowledge of Japanese PM . Ikuko has a strong foundation in interior architecture and a strong sense of material usage and spatial coordination. Ms. Ota has also been instrumental in working with Japanese construction companies in both CM and PM roles in order to bring projects in on time and on budget.

Ryota Naruhashi – Project Manager

Ryota Naruhashi is a bilingual second class registered architect in Japan. He has over 10 years experience working as both a designer and project manager on a variety of projects ranging from new residential construction to light commercial and health care. Ryota was a central PM doing vendor bid analysis and procurement for the 22 million USD P&G corporate relocation in Kobe in 2016.

Miwa Yokotani

Miwa Yokotani is a multilingual second class architect in Japan. Miwa has over 25 years of practical experience in interior design firms in Tokyo. She is particularly knowledgeable regarding the technical and government requirements for particular projects. Her experience is vast and includes hospitality, interior offices, restaurants and residential towers among other others.