Harvard Gradual School of Design professor Toshiko Mori (photo courtesy of TMA by GION).
Clef Notes Chicagoland Journal for the Arts
Early this fall, the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust's annual Thinking into the Future: The Robie House Series on Architecture, Design and Ideas will present a conversation with acclaimed architect Toshiko Mori.
In the upcoming evening, the Robert P. Hubbard Professor in the Practice of Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design will discuss how architecture develops languages and dialogues that reflect and respond to complex circumstances and contexts.
As principal of Toshiko Mori Architect, also known as TMA, Mori designed the Visitor Center at Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin D. Martin House in Buffalo, N.Y. She is known for her sensitivity to history and the environment in her designs and materials. She has undertaken high profile projects referencing great modern architects, including Wright, Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson.
TMA's projects are represented in international exhibitions, including the 2012 and 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. The firm's recent work includes the Cambridge Headquarters for the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, the School of Environmental Research & Technology for Brown University, a canopy for the Brooklyn Children's Museum and retail spaces for clothing designer Issey Miyake in New York City. The firm has also designed a number of residential projects.
Mori is founder of VisionArc, a think tank promoting global dialogue for a sustainable future and one of the founders of Paracoustica, a nonprofit promoting music in underserved communities.
Taking Frank Lloyd Wright's forward-thinking philosophy as expressed in the Frederick C. Robie House, the Thinking into the Future lecture seires engages leading voices in conversations about design issues in contemporary society. Designed in 1908, Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House is considered one of the 10 most important architectural works of the 20th century.
Thinking into the Future is presented in partnership with American Institute of Architects (AIA Chicago chapter), as well as UChicagoArts and the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago.
The presentation takes place Thursday, September 29, at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, University of Chicago, 915 E. 60th St., Chicago, with a cocktail reception at 5 p.m., followed by Mori's presentation at 6 p.m. Admission is $25; $5 for students; and $20 for Frank Lloyd Wright Trust members, University of Chicago alumni and staff, teachers and AIA Chicago members.
For more information, visit flwright.org.