Toshiko Mori was born in Japan in 1951 and emigrated to the United States as a teenager. She graduated from the Cooper Union School of Architecture, where she was mentored by John Hejduk, in 1976, and in 1996 received an Honorary MArch from Harvard Graduate School of Design. Mori began her career working with modernist architect Edward Larrabee Barnes, designer of the IBM Building at 57th Street and Madison Avenue.
Her wide-ranging interests, including drawing, textiles and craftsmanship, influence her architectural practice, and she consistently explores materiality and its limits. In 1995, Mori became the first woman to be tenured at the GSD and later was chair of the architecture department. Winner of many awards, notable work includes: the THREAD center in Sinthian, Senegal; the Darwin D. Martin House Visitor Center; the Brooklyn Children’s Museum Canopy and the Novartis Institutes.