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Years: Masamichi Katayama and Hong Kong

years: During visits to Tokyo, Gillespie would check out retail spaces, asking who designed this, who designed that, according to Vancouver Courier. The answer always seemed to be Wonderwall Inc., a firm run by Masamichi Katayama, which has 25 years of experience around the world, including projects in New York, London, Paris, Sydney, Berlin, Hong Kong and Shanghai.article continues below Trending Stories Road to Mount Seymour re-opened after violent incident Shark found on South Delta beach PHOTOS Another family-run business to close its doors in the West Endrelated Oakridge Centre redevelopers say they're building a mini-city Design plans for Oakridge Centre redevelopment unveiled By chance, in a metropolitan area of 13 million, Wonderwall's office was directly across the street from Gillespie's first project in Tokyo. But it did. Gillespie knocked on the door a six-metre-high one, no less and a relationship was born. Aside from Wonderwall, they include Vancouver's Henriquez Partners Architects, the design lead; Gensler out of Los Angeles for retail architecture; and Adamson Associates Architects out of Toronto, which is acting as executive architect. Gillespie maintains the most interesting retail in the world is happening in Tokyo, and he also wanted to pull together an Oakridge project team from different parts of the globe. ( As reported in the news.