Kody Kato is the founding Director of the Office for Design Evolution (ODE) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The company name refers to an evolutionary design process, where principles from architecture, the natural environment and traditional crafts are combined in unconventional ways to enhance the way we live and experience space.
Kato received a Doctor of Architecture degree and was named the Young CAADRIA in the 17th International Conference for Computer‐Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia for his work in Performance‐oriented Design. His work has also received numerous awards, including the 2010 Shinkenchiku Residential Design Competition Award of Merit, the Best Prize for the 28th International Space Architecture Competition, AIA Student Award of Excellence, and Energy Pioneer Award. In 2009 and 2010, his work was exhibited in Space Gallery and at the Gwangju Design Biennale in South Korea.