TOSHIKO MORI is a principal of Toshiko Mori Architect and Professor of Practice at Harvard GSD. Toshiko Mori Architect is an innovative practice with a diverse body of projects demonstrating an intelligent approach to ecologically sensitive siting strategies, historical context, and innovative use of materials, reflecting 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 Toshiko Mori combines a strong conceptual and theoretical approach with a thorough study of programmatic needs and practical conditions to achieve design that are both spatially compelling and pragmatically responsive. Toshiko Mori Architect continues to engage in an architecture of material exploration, technological invention, and theoretical provocation.
The American Institute of Architects and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture have named Toshiko Mori, FAIA, the 2019 winner of the AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education, the highest honor given to educators in architecture. This lecture is cosponsored by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.