A+U 593 Toshiko Mori

ISBN: 9784900212473


The first monographic issue dedicated to Toshiko Mori, a Japanese architect based in New York. Since founding her practice in 1981, Mori has become recognised for her unique design approach, keen eye for detail, and works that reflect a sensitive integration of design, materials, and technology with the site. For Mori, teaching goes in parallel with practice, and her essay in this issue illustrates several initiatives she introduced as a faculty member over the years. Featuring eighteen works built since 2000, including the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Peter Freeman Gallery, 277 Mott Street, and the Watson Institute at Brown University, as well as nine private residences.

192 pages, ills colour & bw, 22 x 30 cm, pb, Japanese/English

Weight 1 kg








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The February issue of a+u is our first monograph dedicated to the architectural practice of Toshiko Mori. Based in New York, the Japanese native founded Toshiko Mori Architect (TMA) in 1981. The introductory essay by Fred A. Bernstein, an architecture journalist, demonstrates her design approach and her keen eye for detail. Mori’s works are the result of an in-depth study of the site’s topography, vegetation, and landscape, as pointed out by Edward Eigen, a historian and scholar of European and Anglo-American landscapes in the long nineteenth century. Mori’s designs reflect a sensitive integration of design, materials, and technology with the site. In addition, Sean Kelly, one of Mori’s clients and an art gallery owner, speaks about the process of collaboration with Mori. 18 representative works after 2000, of which 9 are residences, are featured in this issue, alongside site photographs and survey maps.

To Mori, teaching is always in parallel with her practice. Her essay illustrates her career in architectural academia and the several initiatives she introduced while being a faculty member at various prestigious architecture institutions, including the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD).


Essay: The Inevitable Architecture of Toshiko Mori, Fred A. Bernstein
House in Taghkanic
House in Connecticut II
Cloudline and Treeline
Interview: A Conversation with Sean Kelly
House in Ghent
House in Martha’s Vineyard
House in Bedford
House on Maine Coast
House in Suffolk County
Maier Preston House
Essay: Lessons from the House in Taghkanic, and Other Views on the Hudson River Valley, Edward Eigen
Bob Greenberg Selects: Connected by Design
Joseph and Anni Albers: Designs for Living
Sean Kelly Gallery
Center for Maine Contemporary Art
Peter Freeman Gallery
Thread and Fass
Thread Artists’ Residency and Cultural Center, Fass School and Teacher’s Residence
277 Mott Street
Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs Stephen
Robert’62 Hall, Brown University
Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy
Essay: Teaching and Practice. Adapted from the 2019 AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion Acceptance Speech, Toshiko Mori

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