About Us

FTA Design Studio is an Architecture, Urban Design and Planning firm committed to provide the highest quality of design service and a total satisfaction to our clients.  FTA Design Studio, Inc. was founded by J. Fernando Teruya, AIA, LEED AP in 2006. FTA Design Studio provides decades of expertise and unique experience in the design and planning of mixed-use developments, commercial spaces, and urban design projects.


 

LEADERSHIP

 


J. Fernando Teruya, AIA, LEED AP                    PresidentPrincipal and Founder of FTA Design Studio

Fernando Teruya has a vast experience in different project types acquired over 25 years of experience working in globally recognized architectural firms. He is responsible for translating the client’s program into an integral award winning design solution that meets all proposed requirements while meeting the client’s financial goals.  Fernando is also responsible for curating the design contributions of other designers into the general concept of the project at a consistent level of quality. His approach focuses in designing and building sustainably, adjusting concepts of economy, environmental protection, and social benefits to the client’s unique environmental and social values. He has received numerous international, national, and local awards for excellence demonstrated in his unique design work. Among many distinctions in his career, he has received 15 American Institute of Architects Awards.


Professional Background

  • FTA Design Studio, Inc., Dallas, TX. Founded in 2006.
  • RTKL Associates Inc., Dallas, TX. 2001-2006.
  • HOK, Inc., Dallas, TX. 1998-2000.
  • Teruya Associates, Cambridge, MA. 1996-1998.
  • Kisho Kurokawa Architect & Associates, Tokyo, Japan. 1994-1996.
  • Arata Isozaki Atelier, Tokyo, Japan. 1993.

Professional Registration / Memberships

  • American Institute of Architects, member.
  • Architect Licensed in the State of Texas, registration #20172.
  • Texas Society of Architects, member.
  • LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited.
  • United States Green Building Council, member.
  • Colegio de Arquitectos del Peru, registered architect CAP 3217.
  • International Council of Shopping Centers, member.
  • Harvard Club of Dallas, member.

Education

  • Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Master of Architecture, 1998.
  • Kyushu Institute of Design, Master of Environmental Design, 1994.
  • Universidad Ricardo Palma, Bachelor of Architecture, 1988.

Honors

  • Letter of Commendation for Outstanding Record of Achievement from Harvard University Graduate School of Design, 1998.
  • Monbusho Scholarship. Awarded by the Japanese Government Ministry of Education, 1991.
  • Awarded “Excellence” in Project Thesis. Universidad Ricardo Palma, 1991.
  • Top of Class, Universidad Ricardo Palma, Facultad de Arquitectura y Urbanismo. Graduating Class 1988.

Eliana Moromizato Teruya                    Principal and Co-Founder of FTA Design Studio

Eliana’s organizational skills keeps the creativity flowing unbound at FTA Design Studio. She is the general manager that plans, organizes, and oversees all operations in the firm. As a licensed architect in Peru and with graduate architectural design studies in Japan, Eliana has a keen eye and sensibility for design and the built environment. She commits herself to make sure every member of FTA Design Studio succeeds in their creative endeavors. Eliana was raised in a household of four civil engineers -both parents and two brothers- running a general contracting firm. Her mother is the first licensed woman civil engineer in Peru, a pioneer of her times. Nourished by dinner table technical conversations and rebelling against the family tradition, she became an architect.

 


Timothy G. Shippey                    Principal of FTA Design Studio

Timothy Shippey brings a wealth of expertise in the planning and design for projects worldwide.  Having worked in projects in Asia, Western and Eastern Europe, Russia, Oceania, and North and South America for more than 25 years, Timothy has had the opportunity to test his work in various marketplaces and cultures, and this cumulative knowledge allows him to bring an innovative approach and outlook to his projects. His innovative design solution are the result of his broad and solid background in international markets. Prior to joining FTA Design Studio, Tim was a Vice President at CallisonRTKL and a Director of the Dallas office of Callison.


Professional Background

  • FTA Design Studio, Inc., Dallas, TX. Current.
  • CallisonRTKL Associates Inc., Dallas, TX. 2015-2016.
  • Callison LLC., Dallas, TX.  2013-2015.
  • Laguarda.Low Architects, Dallas, TX.  2004-2013.
  • RTKL Associates Inc., Dallas, TX 1996-2004.
  • Haldeman, Powell + Partners, Dallas, TX.  1994-1996.
  • Urban Architecture, Dallas,TX.  1994.

Professional Registration / Memberships

  • American Institute of Architects, member.
  • International Council of Shopping Centers, member.

Education

  • University of Texas at Arlington, Master of Architecture, 1994.
  • University of Texas at Arlington, Bachelor of Science in Architecture, 1991.

Honors

  • Paris Prize/Lloyd Warren Fellowship, 1992.
  • North Texas Terrazzo Scholarship 1992.
  • AIAS/Monsanto Glass Competition 1st Prize, 1992.
  • TSA Design Texas Winery Competition, 2nd Prize, 1991.