IwamotoScott Architecture is a San Francisco-based practice led by Lisa Iwamoto and Craig Scott that is recognized both nationally and internationally for its design work. The office is located on the edge of San Francisco's Design District neighborhood at the base of Potrero Hill, having recently relocated from nearby Dogpatch where they were based the previous eight years.
IwamotoScott's design approach proceeds from the belief that each project can achieve a unique design synthesis. Dedicated to intensive design research, the practice engages in projects at multiple scales and in a variety of contexts consisting of full-scale fabrications, museum installations and exhibitions, theoretical proposals, competitions and commissioned design and building projects. Conceptual themes of the work focus on strategies of adaptation and intensifying the experiential and performance based qualities of architecture. These conceptual directions are pursued through exploration in computational techniques, hands-on prototyping, an investigation into material behavior, as well as empirical studies of the experiential effects afforded by formal, spatial and material strategies. IwamotoScott are committed to employing new technologies in the production of architecture, capitalizing on their potential to inform the design process and gear the evolution of the designs.
The work of IwamotoScott has received over seventy-five design awards and honors, including over twenty AIA Design Awards between 2001 and 2017 including mostly recently a national AIA Honor Award for the Pinterest HQ; Emerging Voices and Young Architects awards from the Architectural League of New York; Curbed's Groundbreakers award; Architectural Record's prestigious Design Vanguard award; inclusion in "Ten to Watch" from California Home + Design magazine; ArchDaily's Top 100 American Architecture Projects; participation in the Cooper-Hewitt 4th Annual National Design Triennial; acquisition of the Jellyfish House and Fog House project drawings and models by SFMOMA for the Permanent Collection; two American Architecture Prize Gold Medals; World's coolest Office Award from Architizer and Inc.; Grand Prize in the design competition, City of the Future: San Francisco 2108; a Progressive Architecture Award; and many other individual project design awards including several Best Of Year awards from Architect's Newspaper, Architizer and Interior Design magazine.
IwamotoScott’s work is widely published in books and journals internationally, and has been shown in over fifty exhibitions around the globe including such venues and art institutions as: MoMA, the Guggenheim Museum, SFMOMA, Vitra Design Museum, Art Center College of Design, Center for Architecture, Artists Space Gallery, Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, SCIArc Gallery, the Architectural Association in London, Tallinn Architecture Biennale, Biennale Beijing, Seoul Design Olympiad and Gwangju Design Biennale. Iwamoto and Scott have given over ninety public lectures and presentations on their work at a wide range of venues and institutions around the world. Both partners have maintained active academic careers alongside leading IwamotoScott Architecture, and teach design as professors of architecture in the degree programs at UC Berkeley and California College of the Arts.
Lisa Iwamoto received her Master of Architecture degree with Distinction from Harvard University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Structural Engineering from the University of Colorado. She has previously worked as a Structural Engineer at Bechtel Corporation in San Francisco, and Architectural Designer at Schwartz Silver Architects, and Thompson and Rose in Boston, and Architectural Intern at Morphosis in Santa Monica. She has taught previously at the University of Michigan where she was a Muschenheim Fellow, Harvard University, Cornell University, Sydney University and Southern California Institute of Architecture. She is currently Professor of Architecture at the University of California Berkeley, where she was named the inaugural Doris and Clarence Malo Collegium Teaching Chair in Design, and where her design research concentrates on the perceptual performance of material and digital fabrication techniques.
Craig Scott received his Master of Architecture degree with Distinction from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, a Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University, and an Associate of Science degree in Architectural Engineering from the University of Nevada. He has previously worked as Project Architect at Brian Healy Architects in Boston and RoTo Architects in Los Angeles, and as Architectural Designer at Morphosis in Santa Monica and Glass Associates in Berkeley. Currently, he is Professor of Architecture at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, where his teaching focus is on Advanced Studios, Core Studios, and Architectural Analysis. He taught the Esherick Visiting Professor of Practice studio at UC Berkeley and has taught previously in the architecture programs at Harvard University, Syracuse University, Sydney University, Southern California Institute of Architecture, the University of Michigan and Yale University.