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Toshiko Mori

Toshiko Mori Architect

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Toshiko Mori Bio:

Toshiko Mori is the Robert P. Hubbard Professor in the Practice of Architecture at the 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. Current work includes public New York City theater and library projects, a park visitor center in the Bronx, the Hudson Yard Park and Boulevard, and subway canopies. Mori designed institutional projects for Brown University and Syracuse University, and is part of the design team for New York University’s master plan. She also designed the award-winning Visitor Center at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin D. Martin House compound in Buffalo, New York, and most recently was selected to design a lab facility for Novartis’ Cambridge campus. Residential projects include work in Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Mongolia, and Taiwan.

Mori’s strong research-based approach to design has been commended in invitations to lectures and conferences around the world. She also contributes to numerous academic and design publications. She edited the volume Immaterial/Ultramaterial, and a monograph of her work, Toshiko Mori Architect, was published by Monacelli Press. She contributed to Material Design: Informing Architecture by Materiality, Ecological Urbanism, and Solid States: Concrete in Transition, published in 2010.

In 2003, Mori was awarded the Cooper Union Inaugural John Hejduk Award. In 2005, she received the Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Medal of Honor from the AIA New York Chapter. She is the former chair and current member of the Global Agenda Council on Design for the World Economic Forum and a board member for Architecture for Humanity. She is a peer reviewer for the European Research Council, an advisor to A+U Magazine, and serves on the President’s Council for the Cooper Union.

In 2009 she established a think tank, VisionArc, which interconnects missing links in a global dialogue to promote a sustainable future.