Tenji is a collaborative team of scientists, architects, engineers, and artists, that designs and builds aquatic systems and exhibits. Whether for a museum, a research lab or a private residence, Tenji combines technical expertise with an understanding of how subtle aspects of architecture, such as lighting and traffic flow, can affect the use of space. By combining science with art, Tenji projects reveal and celebrate the beauty and mystery of aquatic life.


Tenji is a team of biologists providing a wide range of services. We can help you with everything from a complete review and analysis of living systems, to developing a concept for an interpretive live exhibition, right up to the completion of live-exhibits or laboratory systems with maintenance protocols.

We offer a competent resource and a fresh perspective to aquariums, nature centers, marine or freshwater laboratories, and private residences or businesses that are developing new exhibits or facilities.

Producing exhibits while managing the day-to-day operations can be overwhelming, but with Tenji’s  extensive experience in planning, designing and producing systems that support interpretive living exhibitions and their associated holding facilities, we will simplify your job.

Tenji provides attention to detail that is unprecedented in the industry. Whether you’re planning a single exhibit, or a complete aquaculture system, we can help you avoid unfortunate oversights, and help you save money.

Tenji’s life support specialists are experienced in the filtration and treatment of fresh and salt water in custom aquariums around the world. Tenji’s team includes a LEED-accredited professional with an extensive background in energy and water conservation techniques. Each project is reviewed for energy efficiency. By using energy efficient pumps, and geothermal cooling/heating systems to maximize efficiency, Tenji demonstrates a genuine commitment to sustainable building and to the environment, with 10 LEED-certified buildings to its credit.

The Tenji Advantage

  • Considers all elements: architecture, engineering, biology, traffic flow, ease of maintenance, energy efficiency.
  • Has in-depth knowledge and experience from single exhibits to complete aquarium systems
  • Communicates effectively and pays close attention to the needs of the plants, animals, visitors, and husbandry staff
  • Facilitates a productive development process of  brainstorming sessions and planning meetings
  • Understands the difference between cutting costs and cutting corners. We will find cost savings without compromising the long-term life of the exhibit.
  • Pushes the boundaries on how to display new species, and finds new ways to exhibit old favorites.



The Meaning of Tenji Comes From Japan


In Japanese, "tenji" means the detailed start-to-finish process of gathering complex information and presenting it in coherent and compelling ways.