Toshiko Mori

09/12/22, 6:00PM

  • Tuesday, September 12, 2022

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Support for this lecture is generously provided by the Gin D. Wong & Thomas Barrack Lecture Endowment

Toshiko Mori is the Robert P. Hubbard Professor in the Practice of Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design and was chair of the Department of Architecture from 2002 to 2008. She is principal of Toshiko Mori Architect, which she established in 1981 in New York City. Mori taught at the Cooper Union School of Architecture from 1983, until joining the Harvard GSD faculty with tenure in 1995. She has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 2016, and was elected to both the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the National Academy of Design in 2020. Additionally, she is an Independent Board Member of French software company Dassault Systèmes.

Her firm’s recent work includes master plans for the Brooklyn Public Library Central Branch and the Buffalo Botanical Gardens; “Thread: Artists’ Residency and Cultural Center” in Sinthian, Senegal; “Fass School and Teachers’ Residence” in Fass, Senegal; and the expansion of the Brown University Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. Their projects have won awards from Architizer, The Plan, and AIA, and have been exhibited multiple times at the Venice Biennale. This year, the firm was listed on Architectural Digest’s AD100 Hall of Fame, as well as Elle Décor’s A-List Titans. 

Recent publications include a feature in The Japan Times’ Sustainable Japan publication, the Brooklyn Public Library Central Branch renovation in The New Yorker, Fass School and Teachers’ Residence in Architectural Record, and an essay in the November 2020 issue of Domus titled “Architecture for Resource Stability.” In 2020, the firm published two new monographs, one for A+U magazine and another with ArchiTangle titled Toshiko Mori Architect: Observations.

Mori’s strong research-based approach to design has been commended in invitations to lectures and conferences around the world, including panels held at the MoMA, Guggenheim Museum, and the G1 Summit in Japan. Nikkei Business recently listed Mori as one of 50 Japanese Changing the World; Newsweek Japan listed her as one of 100 Japanese People the World Respects; and Forbes Japan featured her as one of 100 Self Made Women. This year, she was the Pratt Institute’s 2022 Commencement Speaker.

Mori’s recent awards and honors include the 2021 Isamu Noguchi Award, the Louis Auchincloss Prize from the Museum of the City of New York in 2020; the ACSA Tau Sigma Delta National Honor Society Gold Medal in 2016; Architectural Record’s Women in Design Leader Award in 2019; and the AIA / ASCA Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education in 2019. Her project “Thread: Artists’ Residency and Cultural Center” was awarded the AIA 2017 Institute Honor Award for Architecture and was one of the winners of the inaugural FIBRA Award for Contemporary Plant Fiber-based Architecture in 2019. Currently, the project is being shown in the exhibit “GOOD NEWS: Women in Architecture” at the National Museum of Twenty First Century Art (Museo MAXXI) in Rome. Last year, her project “Fass School and Teachers’ Residences” won the 2021 AIA Architecture Award.

Photo Credit: Ralph Gibson
Photo Credit: Ralph Gibson