Toshiko Mori is the Robert P. Hubbard Professor in the Practice of Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design and was chair of the Department of Architecture from 2002 to 2008. She has taught at the GSD since 1995. She was the coordinator of the third semester core studio and is a thesis director in the Department of Architecture. Her studio options have included Latency in the First City; Bubbles and Weaving: House for the 21st Century; One and a Half: Inside Out; Education and Fabrication: Master Plan for Artisans' College; Industry as Indigenous Structure: Program for Bath, Maine; and Everyday Extra-Ordinary: Urban and Domestic Inhabitation in New York City through Exploration of Materials, Innovations in Structure, Materials and Construction: An Introduction to Techniques, Composition, and Strategies, Weaving Material and Habitation and Environmental Technologies with Matthias Schuler. Most recently, she taught the studio, Global Redesign Project I: Le Kinkeliba and the seminar, Global Redesign Project.
Eleanor and Wilson Greatbatch Pavilion
Visitor Center at Frank Lloyd Wrights Darwin D. Martin House Complex, Buffalo, New York
Mori is principal of Toshiko Mori Architect, which she established in 1981 in New York City. The firm has been noted for its intelligent approach to historical context, ecologically sensitive strategies, and innovative use of materials, producing a creative integration of design and technology. Current work includes projects for New York Citys 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 also recently designed the Eleanor and Wilson Greatbatch Pavilion, the Visitor Center at Frank Lloyd Wrights Darwin D. Martin House Complex.
Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Innovations, Syracuse, New York
Mori has been awarded the Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (2005); the Medal of Honor from the AIA New York Chapter (2005); and the Cooper Union Inaugural John Hejduk Award (2003).The firms work has received numerous design awards including: Honor Award from the AIA New York Chapter, Eleanor and Wilson Greatbatch Pavilion (2010); Honor Award from the Buffalo/Western New York AIA, Eleanor and Wilson Greatbatch Pavilion (2009); Award of Excellence from the AIA New York State Chapter, Newspaper Caf (2009); Project Honor Award from the AIA New York Chapter, Syracuse Center of Excellence (2008); Award of Excellence from the New York State AIA, addition to a Paul Rudolph house in Florida (2008).
Newspaper Caf, Jinhua City, China
Mori's strong research-based approach to design has been commended in invitations to lectures, conferences, and symposia around the world. Her work has been widely published internationally, and has been featured in numerous exhibitions. Her profile, Postscripts: Building on Sacred Ground, appeared in The New York Times in May 2005. Moris work has appeared at the Guggenheim Museum and 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. She has contributed to numerous academic and design publications. She edited a volume on material and fabrication research, Immaterial/Ultramaterial which was later translated into Italian. A monograph of her work, Toshiko Mori Architect, was published by Monacelli Press in 2008.
House in Taghkanic, Taghkanic, New York
She has served on the board of trustees of the Van Alen Institute and the Storefront for Art and Architecture, and has been an advisor to the New York Foundation for the Arts. She is currently an advisor to A+U Magazine and serves on the Presidents Council for the Cooper Union. She is Vice-Chair of the Global Agenda Council on Design for the World Economic Forum. Prior to joining the Harvard GSD faculty, Mori taught at the Cooper Union School of Architecture. She has been a visiting faculty member at Columbia University and Yale University, where she was the Eero Saarinen Visiting Professor in 1992.