Toshiko Mori and Dasha Khapalova: The Making of Practice

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Visiting architecture critic Dasha Khapalova (left) and Harvard GSD professor and architect Toshiko Mori led a disucussion on the making of practice. William Staffeld / AAP
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Toshiko Mori speaking during the question and answer session in the Stepped Auditorium. William Staffeld / AAP
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Toshiko Mori responds to Dasha Khapalova during the On the Steps event. William Staffeld / AAP
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Toshiko Mori, at left, speaking to students following her discussion on practice. William Staffeld / AAP
Visiting architecture critic Dasha Khapalova (left) and Harvard GSD professor and architect Toshiko Mori led a disucussion on the making of practice. William Staffeld / AAP Toshiko Mori speaking during the question and answer session in the Stepped Auditorium. William Staffeld / AAP Toshiko Mori responds to Dasha Khapalova during the On the Steps event. William Staffeld / AAP Toshiko Mori, at left, speaking to students following her discussion on practice. William Staffeld / AAP

On the Steps Event Series

Finding a job or internship is one thing, building your practice is another.

Learn the difference and hear how it's done as AAP Visiting Critic Dasha Khapalova speaks with Toshiko Mori, Robert P. Hubbard Professor in the Practice of Architecture at Harvard GSD and the principal of Toshiko Mori Architect PLLC.

Mori's firm's recent work includes master plans for the Brooklyn Public Library Central Branch and Buffalo Botanical Gardens; Thread, a culture center and artists' residence in Senegal; and canopies for the number seven subway line in New York City. The firm was also selected to design Brown University's expansion for the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. Her firm's projects have been internationally exhibited at venues including at 2012 and 2014 Venice Biennale of Architecture and the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial. Architectural Digest  named them among their AD100 in 2014, 2016, and 2017.

Mori regularly contributes to publications and has won numerous awards, including the Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) New York Chapter Medal of Honor, and was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2016. Architizer, The Plan, and the AIA have also recognized many of her projects with awards.

Mori recently delivered a keynote speech for Finnish Architecture Day in Helsinki and was elected as the chair of the Alvar Aalto Medal jury in 2017.

Part of the AAP Connect Professional Development Series.