Toshiko Mori (born 1951) is a Japanese architect and the founder and principal of New York-based Toshiko Mori Architect, PLLC and Vision Arc. She is also the Robert P. Hubbard Professor in the Practice of Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. In 1995, she became the first female faculty member to receive tenure at the GSD.
Toshiko Mori Architect is known for over thirty years of innovative and influential work in a diverse body of projects that have received numerous design awards. Mori’s intelligent approach to ecologically sensitive siting strategies, historical context, and innovative use of materials reflects a creative integration of design and technology.
Her designs demonstrate a thoughtful sensitivity to detail and involve extensive research into the site conditions and surrounding context. The work of TMA combines a strong conceptual and theoretical approach with a thorough study of programmatic needs and practical conditions to achieve a design that is both spatially compelling and pragmatically responsive.
Toshiko Mori Architect has worked on a broad range of programs including urban, civic, institutional, cultural, residential, museum and exhibition design. Recent work includes New York City theater, library, and museum projects, the Hudson Yard Park and Boulevard, and a park visitor center in the Bronx.
Mori designed institutional projects for Brown University and Syracuse University and is included on the design team for New York University’s strategic master plan. The firm was selected twice for the New York City’s Department of Design and Construction’s Design and Construction Excellence program and won four competitions for the program’s public and urban infrastructure projects. TMA was also selected as the architect of a laboratory building for Novartis’ extended Cambridge campus.
Toshiko Mori Architect continues to engage in an architecture of material exploration, technological invention, and theoretical provocation.
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