Thinking into the Future

Dialogue in Architecture
An Evening with architect Toshiko Mori

Toshiko Mori is the 2016 speaker for the Trust’s annual program, Thinking Into the Future: The Robie House Series on Architecture, Design, and Ideas.

In her talk, Dialogue in Architecture, Mori will discuss how architecture develops languages and dialogues that reflect and respond to complex circumstances and contexts.

About the Speaker

Toshiko Mori is the Robert P. Hubbard Professor in the Practice of Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design and the principal of Toshiko Mori Architect (TMA). She is the founder of VisionArc, a think-tank promoting global dialogue for a sustainable future and one of the founders of Paracoustica, a non-profit promoting music in underserved communities.

Her 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, Thread: Artists’ Residency and Cultural Center, and new canopies for the #7 Subway line for the Hudson Park and Boulevard in New York City. Her firm is currently engaged in master plans for the Buffalo Botanical Gardens and the Brooklyn Public Library. TMA’s projects are represented in international exhibitions, which have included the 2012 and 2014 Venice Architecture Biennales.

TMA has also undertaken several high profile projects next to, in reference to, and in addition to the works of architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Paul Rudolph, Marcel Breuer, Mies van der Rohe, and Philip Johnson. Mori describes these projects as “silent exchanges with deceased Masters,” that create, “an intellectual continuity within the language of contemporary architecture.”


Thursday, September 29, 2016


Cocktail reception: 5 pm, Lecture: 6 pm


Logan Center for the Arts University of Chicago, 915 East 60th Street, Chicago


Frank Lloyd Wright Trust members/University of Chicago alumni, faculty and staff/AIA Chicago members/Teachers $20; Non-members $25; Students $5

Banner image:
Toshiko Mori by GION
Photographs courtesy of TMA