Momoyo Kaijima (Atelier Bow-Wow): Conversations on Practice and Pedagogy

Saturday, January 27, 2024
1:00PM - 4:00PM
College of Fine Arts Room 214
Building site celebration with workers throwing Mochi.

Momoyo Kaijima Discussion

1–4 p.m., College of Fine Arts Room 201
Refreshments provided.

A moderated drop-in conversation open to all to discuss connections and resonances between Momoyo Kaijima’s practice and our work at Carnegie Mellon Architecture.

Momoyo Kaijima

Momoyo Kaijima, a distinguished figure in contemporary architecture, is the co-founder of Atelier Bow-Wow, an influential architectural studio in Japan. Originating from Tokyo, Kaijima's graduated with a degree from the Department of Housing, Faculty of Home Economics, Japan Women’s University. Subsequently, she pursued advanced studies at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, culminating in postgraduate and graduate degrees.

Kaijima is also a Professor of Architectural Behaviorology at ETH Zurich. Beyond her academic role, Kaijima's international impact extends to renowned institutions such as Harvard, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Rice University, Delft University of Technology, and Columbia University. In collaboration with Yoshiharu Tsukamoto, she co-founded Atelier Bow-Wow in 1992, contributing to innovative multi-scalar architectural projects and research, including notable built works such as Momonoura Village, the Machiya Houses, and House & Atelier. She was the curator of the Japanese Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia and she received the Wolf Prize Laureate in Architecture in 2022. Since 2017 she has served as vice president of the nonprofit NPO Cheer Art, which aims to make medical settings not only functional, but bring out people’s zest for life.

The breadth of Atelier Bow Wow’s work has been disseminated through many publications, including Made in Tokyo, House Behaviorology, Windowscapes. Graphic Anatomy 1, Graphic Anatomy 2, Pet Architecture 1, and Pet Architecture 2.

On Monday, January 29, Kaijima will give a lecture called “Architectural Behaviorology.” Learn more and register.