Firm Profile

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Toshiko Mori Architect (TMA) is known for over thirty years of innovative and influential work in a diverse body of projects that have received numerous design awards. TMA’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 the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockland, Maine. The firm has also designed institutional projects for Brown University and Syracuse University, and was included on the design team for New York University’s strategic master plan.  TMA was recently chosen as the architect for the Watson Institute for International & Public Affairs at Brown University.

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. Architectural Digest listed TMA amongst their biennial AD100 in 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018 (the distinction became annual in 2017). THREAD, TMA’s artists’ residency and cultural center in rural Senegal, has won two 2016 Architizer A+ awards, the Plan 2016 award in Culture, the 2017 AIA Institute Honor Award in Architecture and the Certificate of Excellence at the 2017 Africa Awards. TMA’s Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research was awarded Higher Education/Research Best Project by ENR New England, while CMCA in Maine was awarded Best New Museum by the Boston Globe. Mori has also recently been named the recipient of the Farnsworth Art Museum’s 2018 Maine in America Award.

Toshiko Mori Architect continues to engage in an architecture of material exploration, technological invention and theoretical provocation.