Mira Nakashima (b. 1942, Seattle, USA) is the Head Designer and President of George Nakashima Woodworkers in New Hope, Pennsylvania. Nakashima’s background is in architecture. She earned BA in Architectural Sciences at Harvard University in 1963, and after a trip to Japan with Aland Watts, she enrolled in the graduate program at Waseda University in Tokyo, where she received her Masters in Architecture in 1966. With over forty years of practice, she extensive technical knowledge of the character and qualities of wood. In 1995, Nakashima was commissioned to design a second Peace Altar for the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. In 1996 she designed a third Peace Altar for Auroville, India. Her work has been exhibited at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Mingei International show in San Diego and at Perry Rubenstein in New York among others.