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Momoyo Kaijima


Momoyo Kaijima is Principal of Atelier Bow-Wow based in Tokyo; Associate Professor at the Momoyo Kaijima Lab at the University of Tsukuba, Japan; and Associate Professor of Architectural Behaviorology in the Department of Architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), Switzerland.

She studied at the Japan Women’s University, and then obtained a Masters of Engineering from the Tokyo Institute of Technology (1994). She was also a guest student at the ETH Zurich and obtained post-graduate qualifications from the Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1999.

She established Atelier Bow-Wow with Yoshiharu Tsukamoto in 1992. The firm creates domestic and cultural architecture and researches the urban conditions of micro and ad hoc architecture. Their studies investigate rural and traditional constructions in the context of their cultural and geographical environments.

Atelier Bow-Wow has created over 40 residential houses, public buildings and numerous installations, in addition to a substantial body of urban design studies and theoretical essays including Behaviorology, Made in Tokyo, and Echo of Space/Space of Echo.

Momoyo Kaijima has also taught at the Graduate School of Design (GSD) at Harvard University, USA (2003), was guest professor at the ETH Zurich, Switzerland (2005/07), architect in-residence at the University of Auckland, New Zealand (2010), and visiting professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Architecture School (2011/12).

She was a participant in “Salon Suisse 2014”: The next 100 Years – Scenarios for an Alpine City State at the Venice Biennale in Architecture. Curated by Zurich-based architects/urbanists Hiromi Hosoya and Markus Schaefer, “Salon Suisse” focussed on questions around urban development in Switzerland and the increasing pressure of urbanization worldwide.

Momoyo Kaijima was a member of the Holcim Awards jury for region Asia Pacific in 2011 and 2014.

Last Updated: May 02, 2018
Tokyo, Japan
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