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Tateo Nakajima is a Principal of Arup and an internationally recognized leader in the design and planning of performing arts venues. Prior to joining Arup, Tateo was a Partner and Principal Auditorium Designer with Artec Consultants Inc, working on the theatre planning and auditorium acoustics aspects of a wide range of projects. While at Artec, he has led projects around the world, working many of the highest profile architecture and design practices, and with some of the most influential artists and musical ensembles today. Tateo has overall design and management responsibility for projects ranging from concert halls and opera houses to pop entertainment venues in the Americas, Europe, and Asia on an ongoing basis.
Tateo Nakajima's formal training and early career experience was in violin performance and conducting, studying in Canada, Japan and in The Netherlands. He has led orchestras and opera companies in France, Switzerland, Romania and Bulgaria. In addition, he has guest conducted across Europe, including a new production of ballet at the Vienna State Opera.
Tateo Nakajima was trained in the design and planning of performing arts venues by the late Russell Johnson who remains a guiding influence in his work.