Towards New Typology with Masa Sono from Clouds AO


This is our 25th event, and we're thrilled to introduce Masa Sono of Clouds Architecture Office (, Inc.

Many breakthroughs in design/problem solving happens when we think beyond the conventional typologies in our field. Masa will share us his built and research-based projects focusing on the conceptual thought process. The projects will include architecture, public art and speculative works.

This is a fantastic opportunity for cross-cultural learning with creatives and entrepreneurs in our greater community. We'd like to invite new founders, established artists, and people thinking of starting their own company here in NYC to join us to share wisdom and information across borders. Join us and hang out afterward at a bar nearby!


- 6:30 pm Door opens/ Networking
- 7:00 pm Opening Remarks
- 7:15 pm Speaker: Masa Sono, Co-founding Partner of Clouds Architecture Office
- 8:00 pm Announcements & Open Networking

About Clouds AO:

Clouds Architecture Officeis an idea driven design studio based in New York City. Founded in 2010 by Masayuki Sono and Ostap Rudakevych, Clouds AO approaches projects with an intellectual and artistic rigor.
Our explorations focus on the potential of the immaterial. We are interested in the experiential qualities of
architecture, ways in which form and material can elicit lasting emotional or cognitive revelation. Our goal is to create conditions that allow for a resonant experience by the synthesis of ideas through design. Learn more at:

About Masa:

Masa is a co-founding partner of Clouds Architecture Office. He holds Masters Degrees from University of
Washington and Kobe University, Japan. Masa has worked on projects ranging from national museums to public arts. He was awarded the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Public Project of the Year Award with his winning design for the 9/11 Memorial in Staten Island NY. Masa has taught at Pratt Institute and lectured at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and Tokyo University. Recent awards include first place in NASA's Mars Habitat Challenge, and consecutive AIA Honor design awards.

Huge thanks to our awesome sponsors:

Tasty GREEN TEA will be provided by ItoEn ( so come early and enjoy it!

eBay NYC ( is providing space!

We hope that this event will be a place where Japan & New York people can come collaborate. Looking forward to seeing you all!

Japan NYC Startups Team

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