Yo-ichiro Hakomori


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StudioHAU is a creative design and research office which recently opened in May of 2016. Founded by Yo-ichiro Hakomori, PhD, AIA, NCARB, StudioHAU's design and research explores the relationship between urbanism and architecture, with past and present projects focusing on single-family residences, as well as art related projects, with an emphasis on environmentally-friendly, sustainable design. Hakomori received his Master of Architecture from the Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of California Los Angeles, and a Doctor of Engineering in Architecture from the University of Tokyo. Hakomori has experience in a variety of project types, from museums and gallery design, to single-family residences. As a founding partner and principal at wHY Architecture, he completed the Grand Rapids Art Museum, the first LEED gold certified museum in the world in 2007, the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky; the Tyler Museum of Art in Tyler, Texas; gallery/exhibit design at the Harvard Art Museums in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and at the Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois; L&M Arts in Venice, California; Royal T Gallery and Café in Culver City, California; and the Perry Rubenstein Gallery in West Hollywood, California. Hakomori was also principal architect for the Pomona College Studio Art Hall, Tyler Museum of Art, the Interpretive Green Bridge (Art Bridge) at the Great Wall of Los Angeles, and a number of single-family residences in Los Angeles and Thailand. Hakomori is currently Associate Professor of Practice at the University of Southern California School of Architecture where he is director of the Asian Architecture, Landscape and Urbanism study abroad program, and teaches graduate and undergraduate design studios.