Takako Tajima

Adjunct Assistant Professor


Bachelor of Architecture, Carnegie Mellon University Master of Landscape Architecture, Harvard University Master of Urban Planning, Harvard University

Takako Tajima is an architect and landscape architect based in Southern California. Takako’s work spans the gamut of her educational background and investigates design at many scales.

At USC, Takako leads graduate level design studios, teaches a required undergraduate course in the GeoDesign program, and has co-coordinated the Asian Architecture and Landscape Urbanism study abroad program.

Takako is a recipient of The Architecture League Prize from The Architecture League New York and the Global Gold Prize from the LaFargeHolcim Foundation. Her work has received recognition from the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Environmental Design Research Association, INDEX: Design to Improve Life, and The LA Forum for Architecture and Urban Design.

Currently Teaching
  • 541bL
    Landscape Architecture Design
    Landscape Architecture Design

    As the density of modern cities compresses more and more on the public open spaces so integral to the well-being of their populations, the role of the landscape architect becomes increasingly vital to the development of viable schemes to maximize and enhance the parks and plazas that constitute the public realm. Additionally, it is arguably within the role of these designers to integrate, within their proposals, elements that will serve as markers or talismans of the history of the sites which, in the 21st century world, are being so rapidly redeveloped that the sense of the past is often irrevocably lost. This semester’s work will focus on the both the weaving of park and plaza space into the urban fabric, and the relevance of history, both local and typological, into these projects.

    View the Spring 2020 Virtual Expo Gallery

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    Field Studies
    Field Studies

    One of the most important aspects of field research is the opportunity to gain insight into the relationships between design language, building proposition and construction process of specific periods/architects/buildings/landscapes. It is an occasion to discover not only the tenets upon which an designer bases his work, but also how these tenets resolve complex relationships between a project, its site and the cultural/theoretical context in which it was constructed. Through thoughtful case study analysis students will explore how these external forces influence/direct the form and shape of the designed response.

    This Field Studies course will concentrate on projects and practices [from the analysis of buildings to the focused engagement with the methods of practice], landscapes and ecologies [both natural and manmade], and urban spaces [including parks, plazas, and urban (re)development projects]. The field study of these spaces and methods also provides an opportunity to understand the complex relationship of the designer with place. These place-based investigations will engage field studies to employ analytical methods, representational techniques, and speculative inquiry into the fundamental spatial and infra-structural elements of place. This investigation allows one to develop awareness as well as appreciate the complex relationship between a place, its inhabitants and the spaces that facilitate a multitude of events and activities.

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