Professor of Architecture Lisa Iwamoto was named the inaugural Doris and Clarence Malo Collegium Teaching Chair in Design.
The Malo Collegium Chair was established through a $2 million bequest from Doris P. and Clarence A. Malo, matched by a $1 million gift from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Doris Malo was a Cal alumna, who received her B.A. in Decorative Arts in 1943 from the Department of Decorative Arts in the College of Letters and Science, later renamed the Department of Design when it moved to the College of Environmental Design. The Berkeley Collegium is a newly-established group of endowed chairs held by some of the university's most talented faculty, who are devoted to excellence in teaching, particularly at the undergraduate level. The Malo Collegium Chair focuses on a broad range of design-related areas, including politics and design; design and everyday life; the fine arts and design; studio-based design and practice; and design and fabrication.
Professor Iwamoto is an outstanding undergraduate design studio instructor, and she brings to the Collegium deep understanding of and experience with studio pedagogy. Her research focuses on digital fabrication techniques and material technologies for architecture and interior design. She received her Master of Architecture degree with distinction from Harvard University where she was recipient of the Faculty Design Award, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Structural Engineering from the University of Colorado. She taught previously at the University of Michigan where she was Mushcenheim Fellow, and at Harvard as a visiting critic.
Professor Iwamoto is also principal at IwamotoScott Architecture, a practice formed in partnership with Craig Scott. Committed to pursuing architecture as a form of applied design research, it engages in projects at multiple scales and in a variety of contexts consisting of smaller, human-scales of the room and room installations, as well as full-scale fabrications, museum installations and exhibitions, theoretical proposals, competitions and commissioned design projects. Earlier this year, IwamotoScott Architecture was the recipient of three AIA SF Design Awards, for their work on Heavybit Industries, Obscura Digital HQ and One Kearny Lobby. The firm has also recently won awards for interiors from Contract Design and Interior Design. IwamotoScott’s work has been displayed at the Museum of Modern Art in New York as well as SF MOMA.
Ph: Dallas Architecture Forum