Yo-Ichiro Hakomori, Ph.D., AIA

Associate Professor of Practice

BS, Whitman College; M.Arch, UCLA; PhD, Engineering in Architecture, University of Tokyo

Yo-ichiro Hakomori is a Design Principal at DesignARC - Los Angeles, and StudioHAU. DesignARC - Los Angeles is a multi-disciplinary design studio with a wide range of projects. Their work includes single and multi-family residential, small commercial, educational, and public - civic projects with work throughout the United States and parts of Asia. Hakomori received his Master of Architecture from the Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Doctor of Engineering in Architecture from the University of Tokyo. Prior to joining DesignARC, he was founding partner at wHY Architecture and Design. Along with partner Kulapat Yantrasast, wHY Architecture completed the Grand Rapids Art Museum, the first LEED gold certified museum in the world in 2007. With their knowledge and passion for “invisible green” and art, wHY Architecture received numerous commissions for other art related projects throughout the country including the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky; gallery/exhibit design at the Harvard Art Museums in Cambridge, Massachusetts and at the Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois; L&M Arts in Venice, California; Royal T Gallery and Café in Culver City, California; and the Perry Rubenstein Gallery in West Hollywood, California. Hakomori was also principal architect for the Tyler Museum of Art in Tyler, Texas; the Pomona College Studio Art Hall in Claremont, California; the Interpretive Green Bridge (Art Bridge) at the Great Wall of Los Angeles, in North Hollywood, California; and a number of single family residences in Los Angeles and Thailand. Hakomori has also taught at the University of Tokyo, Meiji University, Cal Poly Pomona College of Environmental Design, and at the School of Architecture and Allied Arts at the University of Oregon. He teaches both undergraduate and graduate studios and has been interested in the relationship between landscape, urbanism, art, and architecture, conducting studio projects exploring this topic. He also leads the USC Global Initiative study abroad program to Japan and China.

Currently Teaching
  • 406
    Global Studies Topics in Architecture, Urbanism, History & Art
    Global Studies Topics in Architecture, Urbanism, History & Art
    In preparation for the spring semester in Italy, this two-unit course introduces students to Italian history, to the history of Italian architecture, and to Italian culture. It includes a section on the history of Northern Europe. It prepares students for living in Italy in the Spring 2013 semester, for learning to interrogate and analyze diverse urban cultures, and for adapting to a different culture and language.
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