Dojo 2024: Phase 1

Los Angeles, California

Design Disciplines Needed
Architecture, Interior Design

Desired Services
Facilities Needs Assessment,Capital Campaign Materials,Building & Space Identification,Interior Design & Brand Integration

Project Description

The Furuya Foundation (founded by local martial artist, Zen priest, and budo scholar Reverend Kensho Furuya) aims to return to its roots in Little Tokyo, where the Aikido Center of Los Angeles served the community from 1974 until the founder's death in 2007. We would like to own rather than rent a facility (preferably a stand alone structure) to house the foundation's offices and the ACLA's traditional martial arts dojo.

This first phase would identify viable lots and/or buildings on the market or expected to come to market over the next several years in the Little Tokyo community or immediately adjacent to it so that we can create a venue which blends modern design with traditional Japanese aesthetics.

We hope to purchase a site and build a stand-alone facility reminiscent of a traditional Japanese dojo (training hall) in the Little Tokyo neighborhood of downtown Los Angeles. Ideally, we will move from planning through implementation and completion over a 10-year period, beginning in January 2014 and concluding no later than April 2024.