Takako Tajima


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
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    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.
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