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Ann Harakawa

Title: Principal, Two Twelve
NACTO Title: Speaker, Designing Cities Conference

Known for creating logical and perfectly executed wayfinding strategies, master plans and environmental graphics, Ann Harakawa and Two Twelve have guided millions of people throughout New York City and the United States.


Specializing in complex, multi-stakeholders projects, Ann and her team have gained recognition by focusing on their clients’ priorities, consistently maintaining consensus, and moving projects forward. Ann has guided Two Twelve’s most prestigious public information, data visualization, and environmental graphic design projects for exacting clients including the Office of the Mayor of New York, Vornado Realty Trust, the Port Authority of NY & NJ, The New York Mets, Bloomberg LP, and Citigroup.


Ann’s experience includes New York City landmarks and tourist destinations including Grand Central Station, Rockefeller Center, the Empire State Building, Radio City Music Hall, CitiField, Macy’s Herald Square, and the World Trade Center. She has developed large-scale communication and wayfinding master-plan initiatives such as NYC2012, PlaNYC, Downtown Brooklyn, and Hudson Yards. Ann’s leadership and ability to bring all stakeholders needs to the forefront have earned her the respect of the leading architects, developers, civic leaders, and visionaries that she counts among her regular clients.

Recently completed projects include the multi-modal transportation hub Denver Union Station, the signage and innovative lighting strategy for the New Jersey MetLife Stadium, and the Cornell University Engineering Campus Plan for Roosevelt Island.


Presently, Ann is leading the World Trade Center Streetscape strategy. She is also working with Madison Square Garden, the world’s busiest sports & entertainment arena situated above the region’s largest transportation hub. In the Pacific region, she is directing the Honolulu High Capacity Transit Corridor Project in Hawai’i.


Ann has served on the Board for the Art Directors Club (ADC) since 2005 and is a longtime member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) and the Society for Environmental Graphic Design (SEGD). She was a member of the 2006 Japanese-American Delegation sponsored by The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership and in 2011 was appointed to the Japanese American National Museum Board of Governors. Most recently she was the recipient of the 2012 Asian Women in Business Award.