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.
Toshiko Mori, FAIA is the Robert P. Hubbard Professor in the Practice of Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where she was chair of the Department of Architecture from 2002 to 2008, and the principal of Toshiko Mori Architect PLLC.
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; and Fass School and Teachers’ Residence in Senegal. Their design for the Brown University Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs opens this spring. Their projects have been internationally exhibited, including at the 2012, 2014 and 2018 Venice Architecture Biennales, the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial and the Louisiana Museum in Copenhagen. Architectural Digest listed her amongst their biennial AD100 in 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019.
She regularly contributes to publications and 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 is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Her projects have won awards from Architizer, The Plan and AIA. Recently, Thread was included in TIME Magazine’s 100 Greatest Places in the World. She recently received the 2018 Maine in America Award and the LongHouse Reserve’s LongHouse Award, and will receive the OMI Arts Leadership Award in 2019.
She is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Cities and Urbanization. She will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming AN Facades+ Symposium in New York and at the Dassault Systemes Worldwide Conference for Sustainable Innovation at the 2019 Milan Design Week.