Toshiko Mori, FAIA is the founding principal of Toshiko Mori Architect PLLC (TMA), and the Robert P. Hubbard Professor in the Practice of Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD), where she served as chair of the Department of Architecture from 2002 to 2008. She is a graduate of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union and holds an honorary master’s degree from the GSD.
She participates in international symposia and conferences and has lectured at universities across the country and around the world. In 2019, she was the keynote speaker at the AN Facades+ Symposium and gave the keynote lecture at the Dassault Systèmes Design in the Age of Experience conference at Milan Design Week. Additionally, her recent lectures include “Cocktails and Conversation” at AIANY, “Transforming Communities through Architecture” at the Japan Society in New York; and the Topaz Medallion keynote address at the 2019 AIA Convention. She was also a keynote speaker at the 2019 AIA Women’s Leadership Summit.
Her firm’s recent work includes master plans for the Brooklyn Public Library Central Branch and the Buffalo Botanical Gardens; Thread, a cultural center and artists’ residences in Senegal; the Fass School and Teachers’ Residence in Senegal; and the Brown University Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. TMA projects have won awards from Architizer, THE PLAN, and the AIA, and have been internationally exhibited, including at the 2012, 2014, and 2018 Venice Architecture Biennales. Thread was recently shortlisted for the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada’s 2019 International Prize for transformative architecture. TMA has been listed in Architectural Digest’s biennial AD100 in 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. Recent publications include the Fass School and Teachers’ Residence in Architectural Record, the Mott Street Development in The Architect’s Newspaper, and three features in Architectural Digest for the Fass School, Treeline—a private art barn, and a beach house in Suffolk County, NY. Fass School was also named one of 13 Buildings Redefining Architecture in the Last Five Years.
Recently, Nikkei Business listed Mori as one of 50 Japanese Changing the World; Newsweek Japan listed her as one of 100 Japanese the World Respects; and Forbes Japan featured her as one of 100 Self Made Women. Her work was featured in the March issue of Monocle, in “Japan, Only the Best: The Nation Making a Difference in the World,” and in Iconic Women of Design, a video series by the New York Times’ T Brand Studio. Her writing has appeared in A+U, The PLAN, and the World Economic Forum Agenda blog, among other publications. She also contributes a column, “Creating the Future” for the quarterly Hearst publication, Richesse. Her projects have been the focus of several books including two forthcoming monographs to be published from ArchiTangle, Berlin and A+U in early 2020.
Mori has won numerous awards including the Academy Award in Architecture, from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; the AIA New York Chapter Medal of Honor; the 2016 ACSA Tau Sigma Delta National Honor Society Gold Medal; and she is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. She recently received the AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education, the LongHouse Reserve’s LongHouse Award, the Art Omi Arts Leadership Award, and Architectural Record’s Women in Architecture Design Leader Award in 2019.