Toshiko Mori: Paradigm Shift

Department of Architecture Spring 2010 Lecture Series

Toshiko Mori is the Robert P. Hubbard Professor in the Practice of Architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and was chair of their Department of Architecture from 2002 to 2008. She is principal of Toshiko Mori Architect (TMA), which she established in 1981, in New York City. TMA’s current work includes public projects for New York City’s Department of Design and Construction and for the Department of Parks and Recreation; institutional projects for Syracuse University and Brown University; a master plan for New York University; as well as residences in New York, Massachusetts, Taiwan, and Mongolia.

Mori’s work was included in the exhibition, Design Life Now: National Design Triennial 2006, at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. In the fall of 2005, her work was exhibited in Renewing Wright at the Heinz Architectural Center of the Carnegie Museum of Pittsburgh. Her profile, “Postscripts: Building on Sacred Ground,” appeared in the New York Times in May 2005, and she has edited a volume on material and fabrication research, Immaterial/Ultramaterial. A monograph of her work, Toshiko Mori Architect, was published by Monacelli Press.

In 2003 Mori was awarded the Cooper Union’s 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. Mori earned a bachelor of architecture from Cooper Union and an honorary master of architecture from Harvard University.