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The Santa Fe Opera

The Perelman Center

MGM Springfield

Bloomberg Sustainability 2012

Metlife Stadium

City of Richmond, VA



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About Us

Everywhere we go, we encounter implicit and explicit cues to guide us, from environment and behavior to graphics and manuals. In complex environments, these cues become part of a system that can assist people to sort through data, fill out a form, absorb new information, or navigate a place.

That's our realm. We specialize in creating public information design, the planning and presentation of complex information to diverse users and audiences. From signage to strategy, we design thoughtful, user-centric systems designed to navigate, inform, communicate, and create new visions of the world around us.

Our roots are in wayfinding, the art and science of helping people find their way. That's where we got our start, but we’ve since expanded our expertise to diverse and ambitious initiatives. Public or private, these initiatives can only succeed if they are effective in persuading stakeholders. Consulting with leaders in business, institutions and government, we use the tools of information design, data visualization, and interactive media to provide engaging narrative frameworks for big ideas, clarifying supporting information, creating a roadmap for implementation and making these accessible to all. 

So when visitors approach a building or public place, our designs help them to enter it and locate their destinations. And when clients or constituents approach complex information, we help them absorb it by organizing data, images, text, and other components. We tackle these projects strategically, knowing that strong branding and a unified context leads to powerful results. 

clients and collaborators

Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc

Alpha Partners

American Airlines Center, Dallas

American Institute of Graphic Arts

Apollo Theater

Arts, Culture, Philanthropy & Advocacy

Atlanta Federal Center

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Barnard College

Bayhealth Medical Center

Bear Stearns

Bellevue Hospital

Beyer Blinder Belle

Bike New York

Bloomberg LP

Boston Children's Hospital

Boston Properties

Brennan Beer Gorman/Architects

Bridgeport Intermodal Transportation Center

Brookfield Properties

Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy

Brooklyn Cruise Terminal

Brooklyn Museum

Bruce Mau Design

Cambridge Seven Associates

Canizaro Cawthon Davis

Capital Properties

Carnegie Hall

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Central Synagogue

Chase Manhattan Bank, N.A.

Chicago Park District

Cho Benn Holback + Associates


Cincinnati Transit Authority

Citibank, N.A.


City of Charlotte

City of Chicago

City of Hartford

Civic Entertainment Group

Cleveland Orchestra

Collins Center for the Arts

Columbia University


Cooper, Robertson & Partners

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

Cosentini Associates

Counter Restaurant, Manhattan

Daniel Frankfurt, PC

David & Peggy Rockefeller Collection

David M. Schwarz Architects

Davis Brody Bond

DIA Center for the Arts

Disneyland, Anaheim

DMJM Harris

Downtown Alliance

Downtown New York River to River Festival

Downtown Partnership of Baltimore

Downtown Partnership of New York

Duke Medical Center

Durham Parks & Recreation Department

Earl Swensson Associates

Ehrenkrantz Eckstut & Kuhn Architects

Election Assistance Campaign

Empire State Building Company

Empire State Development Corporation

Ennead Architects

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

Five Front, Brooklyn

Flack + Kurtz Inc.

Flad & Associates

Ford Foundation

Grand Central Terminal

Greenberg Consultants Inc.

Gruzen Samton Architects

H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture Associates


Hillwood Development Corp

Hines Limited

Historic Battery Park

HKS, Inc.



Honolulu High Capacity Transit Corridor Project

HR&A Advisors, Inc.

Hudson Fairfax Partners

Hudson River Piers 88 & 90

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Ike Kligerman Barkley

Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne University

International Fellowship Fund

Jack L. Gordon Architects

James McCullar & Associates Architects

Jewish Community Center

Johns Hopkins Hospital

Jones Lang LaSalle

Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo & Associates

Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

Lenox Hill Hospital

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Lower Manhattan Development Corporation

M. Paul Friedberg and Partners

Macy's Herald Square

Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church

Maestri, LLC

Maryland Transit Administration

Massachusetts Department of Public Works

Massachusetts General Hospital

Meadowlands Xanadu, New Jersey

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Mercy College

Metropolitan Transportation Authority

MetroTech Business Improvement District, Brooklyn

Mets Development Corporation

Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates

Middlebury College


Mondawmin Mall, Baltimore

Montgomery College

Montgomery Watson Harza

MTA Long Island Railroad / Long Island Bus

Nashville Symphony Orchestra

NAT's Kids, Brooklyn

New Amsterdam Theatre

New Jersey Transit

New York Botanical Garden

New York City Center

New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

New York Institute of Technology

New York Jets and New York Giants

New York Law School

New York State Urban Development Corporation

New York University

New York University Langone Health

New York Zoological Society

Newhouse School of Public Communications

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center

Northern Arizona University

NYC Department of Consumer Affairs

NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

NYC Department of Parks and Recreation

NYC Economic Development Corporation

NYC Housing Authority

NYC Municipal Water Finance Authority

NYC2012 Organizing Committee

Office of the Mayor of New York City

Office of the Mayor of Washington, DC

Ohio University

Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis

Packer Collegiate Institute

Parsons Brinckerhoff

Patrick L. Pinnel Architect

Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

Perkins + Will

Perkins Eastman Architects

Pier 12, Brooklyn


Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

Princeton University

Prudential Douglas Elliman

Punahou School

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Quartararo & Associates, Inc

Queens West Development Corporation

Quennell Rothschild & Partners, LLP

R.M. Kliment & Frances Halsband Architects

Radio City Music Hall

Rafael Vinoly Architects

Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention

Restaurant Associates

Reynolds Performing Arts Center

Rhode Island Airport Authority

Rhode Island School of Design

Robert Hatfield Ellsworth

Rockefeller Center Retail Concourse


Rubenstein Technology Group

Sam Schwartz Engineering

Scenic Hudson Land Trust

Schermerhorn Symphony Center

Severance Hall, Blossom Music Center

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Sound Transit, Washington

South Street Seaport & Marketplace

Sowinski Sullivan

St. Mark's Cathedral

Standard & Poor's

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide

Steelcase, Inc.

Sterling Equities

Struever Bros., Eccles & Rouse

Stubbins Associates

STV Incorporated

SUNY Albany: Arts & Sciences Building

Swiss Bank Corporation

T. Rowe Price Associates

TAMS Consultants

Ten W Architects

The Art Directors Club, Inc.

The Johns Hopkins Hospital

The LA Group

The Liberty Theater

The Mills Corporation

The Municipal Art Society of New York

The Olnick Organization

The Rockefeller Foundation

The Shops at Atlas Park, Queens

The Stubbins Associates

The Whitaker Center, Harrisburg

Thomas Balsley Associates

Tide Point, Baltimore

Times Square Business Improvement District

Tishman Speyer Properties

Towson University

Tradition Field, Port St. Lucie

Trinity College

Tsoi Kobus Architects

Two River Theatre Company

U.S. Japan Council

United States Bureau of the Census

United States Courthouse at Foley Square

United States Post Office

United Way

University at Buffalo, SUNY

University of Maine

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Urban Place Consulting Group Inc

US Tennis Association, Davis Cup

USA Weightlifting National Championships

van Dijk Westlake Reed Leskosky, now: Westlake Reed Leskosky

Van Wagner Communications, LLC

Van Wagner Sports Group, LLC

Victoria Ward Center

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Vornado Realty Trust

Waikiki Business Improvement District Association

Wall Street Pier 11

Wallace Floyd Design Group

Washington Group International

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

Weihe Design Group

West Midtown Ferry Terminal

William Nicholas Bodouva + Associates

Women's World Banking

World Championships of Freestyle Wrestling

World Outdoor Target Archery Championships




Columbia University Students explore Transit-Oriented Development in Hawai‘i as Case Study


Two Twelve Principal and Columbia University Adjunct Ann Harakawa and Columbia University Adjunct Professor Kaz Sakamoto offer a Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) Summer Workshop called Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Futures. This workshop consists of two parts - one week in New York beginning July 16th and the second week beginning July 23rd in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. Designed to immerse seven GSAPP students with local stakeholders who facilitate rigorous methods to develop a design and community-centered toolkit for the Transit-Oriented Development future of Hawai‘i with the data and experience from development in New York. The GSAPP students are:

Suprima Bhele (M.S. Urban Planning '19)

Gloria Serra Coch (M.S. Urban Planning '19)

Guilherme Rocha Formicki (M.S. Urban Planning '19)

Lu Hao (M.S. Urban Planning '19)

Shuyang Huang (M.S. Urban Planning '19)

Gin Jin (M. Architecture / M.S. Real Estate Development '20)

Nicholas Johannes (M.S. Urban Planning / M.S. Real Estate Development '18)

New York experts from city government, planning, technology, and real estate who will be presenting their plans and working with Columbia’s graduate students include:

Andrew Kimball, Industry City

Andy Wiley-Schwartz, Bloomberg Associates

Curtis Cravens and Jordan Salinger, NYC Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency

May Yu and Caroline Peri, Downtown Brooklyn Partnership

Michelle Ha Tucker, Sidewalk Labs

Neda Navab, Sidewalk Labs

Neil Gagliardi and Wendy Feuer, NYCDOT

Prem Ramaswami, Sidewalk Labs

Rosamond Fletcher, Design Trust for Public Space

Steven Turell, Sidewalk Labs

Vishaan Chakrabarti, PAU Studio

Hawai‘i experts from city government, planning, and real estate who will be presenting their plans and working with Columbia’s graduate students include:

Andrew Tang, City & County of Honolulu

Ben Trevino, HART

Brandy-Alia Serikaku, Sig Zane Designs

Brennon Morioka, Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO)

Cathy Camp, Kamehameha Schools Development

Daniel Kanekuni, WCIT

Harrison Rue, City & County of Honolulu

Jamie Makasobe, Ka Waiwai

Josh Michaels and Ryan Little, The Blue Hawaii Podcast

Josh Stanbro, Honolulu Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency

Kathy Inouye, Kobayashi Group

Kuha‘o Zane, Sig Zane Designs

Makena Coffman, UH

Ramsay Taum, PBR Hawaii

Race Randle, Howard Hughes Corporation

Renee Espiau, City & County of Honolulu

Reuben Chock, WCIT

Robert Agres, HART

Ryan Tam, HART

Mark Fukunaga, Servco Pacific Inc.

Stanford Carr, Stanford Carr Development

Todd Apo, Howard Hughes Corporation

These experts share their views on not only TODs, but regional and neighborhood concerns. Students are tasked to take their research findings from their week in New York and design thinking and computational skills to propose novel or borrowed ideas for two to three sites chosen with varying typologies. The workshop will culminate in a set of tools and tactics to develop discourse and knowledge around the future of TOD domestically and abroad.

Ms. Harakawa states: “Honolulu offers a dynamic and relevant framework and model for cities of the future. Our academic exercise explores the potential for communities and neighborhoods around transportation across different typologies using our strengths in computational and design thinking. For me personally, the most significant aspects of the workshop are the unique underpinnings of Hawai‘i, its deep cultural roots, commitment to energy independence, and the impacts of sea-level rise related to planning. These focused priorities lends itself to major initiatives percolating in Hawai‘i. Sharing connections between Honolulu, New York City, and beyond will benefit future thinking around communities and neighborhoods, will be a rich and exciting exchange of ideas and potential from diverse perspectives.”

The output of the students’ work will include an inventory of TOD building blocks, process diagrams incorporating design and computational thinking, design thinking methods, computational thinking methods, analytical output, design output, documentary photos, and explanatory text.

For more info on the program, visit: https://www.arch.columbia.edu/summer-workshops/19-transit-oriented-development-futures



About the hosts

Two Twelve is a public information design firm that develops sustainable, user-centered designs to help people understand an increasingly complicated world. Principal Ann Harakawa was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai‘i and currently resides in New York. Her island heritage and global experience gives her an added perspectives to current urban developments in Honolulu. As the host and organizer of the event, Harakawa hopes to incorporate design and conceptual thinking along with data and historical evidence to the current TOD planning of Honolulu. For more information head over to www.twotwelve.com.

Kaz Sakamoto is currently an Adjunct Professor at the Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation at Columbia University and is also affiliated with the Civic Data Design Lab at MIT. Kaz is also from Hawai‘i. 

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