M.Arch. Master of Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1982-1984
B.S.Arch. Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana, 1978-1982


Drury University, Hammons School of Architecture, 2001-present, summer study abroad program leader: Spain-Portugal 2014, Paris 2011, Paris, 2009, Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan 2005, Paris-Berlin 2003
University of Illinois in Versailles, France, Visiting Critic, 2009, 1993
University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, Adjunct Professor for studio, spring 1998, visiting critic 1995-1999
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Adjunct Professor for studio, fall 1995, 10-day Spring break course in Florence and Venice 2009, 10-day spring break course in Italy 2003

Professional Experience

Art & Architecture, LLC, Milwaukee, WI, 1999-2015
Devine deFlon Yaeger Architects, Inc, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1999, Architect/Designer
Engberg Anderson Design Partnership, Milwaukee, WI, 1991-1997, 1998-1999, Architect/Designer
Beckley/Meyers, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1986-1991, Architect/Designer
Welton Becket Associates, Chicago, Illinois, 1985-1986, Designer
Perkins & Will, Chicago, Illinois, 1983, Designer

Selected Publications and Recent Research

National Funded Grant: TKF Foundation, Landscapes of Resilience, Research and Design, Cornell University, USDA Forest Service, Drury University, $585,158
National Grant Award: Solar Decathlon 2015, Drury University and Crowder College, $50,000
President’s Award for Excellence for Community Engagement, Drury University 2011-2012, design/build disaster recovery work for the Cunningham Park Volunteer Tribute garden in Joplin, Missouri
Design Build Projects: Solar Decathlon 2015 ShelteR3 Irvine, CA; Butterfly Garden and Overlook, Joplin, Missouri, GreenTown Joplin Monarch Eco-House, Joplin, Missouri 2013, Volunteer Tribute, Joplin, Missouri, 2011
Whole School Design-Build in the Liberal Arts Tradition, ACSA Fall Conference, Working Out: Thinking While Building, Dalhouse University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Sooter, T. D., Chikaraishi, N., Hedges, K., 16-18 October, 2014
Community Resilience Through Two Models of Public Space Intervention: Top-Down Stakeholder Driven and Bottom-Up Grass Roots Community Initiatives, ACSA/Architectural Institute of Korea International Conference, Seoul, South Korea, 21-23 June, 2014. Chikaraishi, N.
Landscapes of Resilience – understanding how the creation and care of green spaces can affect resilience in times of crisis, Resilience 2014 International Conference, Montpelier, France, 6-10 May, 2014, Sooter, T.D., Chikaraishi, N.

Community Design Studio in an Architecture Curriculum Addresses Disaster Mitigation and Sustainable Reconstruction: The Monarch Eco-Home, International conference on Disaster Mitigation, Preparedness, Response and Sustainable Reconstruction, University of Massachusetts, 2014, Boston, MA, 8-9 May, 2014. Chikaraishi, N.

Architects as leaders: Best practices for engaging community after the Joplin tornado, for 2013 AIA National Convention Building Leaders and Design Expo, Denver, CO, 20 June 2013. Presenters, Sooter, T. D., Chikaraishi, N., & Dake, B.
Life Interrupted: The Internment of 120,000 Japanese-Americans During WWII-Can it Happen Again?, Asian Studies National Conference in Seattle, Washington, March 2007. Includes session abstract and individual presentation.
Drawing as Interpretation: Exploring the Boundaries of Verbal and Visual Art, American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Integrative Learning Conference, Denver, CO, October 2005, Chikaraishi, N., Meidlinger, P. Includes one session abstract, one presentation.
Drawing as Interpretation, Hawaii International Arts and Humanities Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii, January 2004. Includes one session abstract, individual presentation.


Solo Exhibition

Life Interrupted Paintings and Drawings and Movement Through Space and Time, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR, November 11, 2015.
Life Interrupted Paintings and Drawings and Movement Through Space and Time, Reynolds Performance Hall, University of Central Arkansas, Conway, AR, November 9, 2015.
Life Interrupted Paintings and Drawings, WWII Japanese-American Internment Camp Museum at the Jerome-Rohwer Interpretive Museum and Visitor Center in McGehee, Arkansas, April 16-July 16, 2014.
Life Interrupted: The Internment of 120,000 Japanese-Americans During WWII-Can it Happen Again? Park Central Gallery, Springfield, Missouri, March 2007.

Group Exhibition

Art and Architecture Faculty Exhibition, Drury Center on C-Street, September, 2013.
NAAB  Hammons School of Architecture Faculty show, March 2010    
Paris Summer Study Abroad Exhibit, Drury University, Hammons School of Architecture, November 2009

Habitat for Humanity Fundraiser and Auction, Painted Birdhouse, raised $500, May 2, 2008.
Collective Consciousness: A Meeting of the Minds-University Professors and Students, Chikaraishi, N. and Budd, E., and others, Free Association Gallery, Findlay Student Center, Art Exhibit and Silent Auction, raised $875 for AIDS Project of the Ozarks, April 11, 2008
Springfield Regional Arts Council Open Studios Tour, Warmack Faculty Art Studios of Drury University, September  29-30, 2007
Recent Work, First Friday Artwalk, First United Methodist Church, Springfield, Missouri, October 2006    
Earth Rattles and Urban Landscapes, Barnett Fine Arts Center, Evangel University, Chikaraishi, N. Rutledge, R., exhibited Drawings and Paintings, April 2004, 2 person exhibition
Faculty Retrospective 1974-2004, Dept. of Art and Art History, Drury University, Pool Art Center, March 2004
Exhibition of recent art work in group show, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2001    
Ology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2000
Milwaukee Area Artists, Chiropractic Care Center, Milwaukee, WI, 1999    
Sarup Architects Series, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1996

Professional Memberships

American Institute of Architects


Registered Architect, State of Wisconsin, 1991-current, Registered Architect, State of Illinois, 2002-2011