IwamotoScott Architecture is an award winning and internationally recognized architecture practice established in San Francisco by Lisa Iwamoto and Craig Scott in 2002. We create innovative designs at all scales - with work ranging from art installations to interiors to buildings to visionary cities. We rethink the constraints of the everyday to create unique architectural syntheses of program, site and material to make spaces that are functional, distinctive and beautiful.
We spend more time on fewer projects to ensure engaging and original results. We have paid attention over the past decade to hone our designs through a process of research and experimentation, and are leaders in the arena of architectural technology. We have been at the forefront of digital fabrication, design computation and materials for over a decade, and use this experience to contribute fresh ideas for the benefit of all our clients - whether the project is a piece of furniture, house, tech office, mixed-use building, or speculative vision for the future of the city.
We are a design intensive office. All our projects are led by both Founding Partners with teams of excellent designers. The firm welcomes partnerships and expands at times to accommodate large projects and overlapping deadlines. The office is highly collaborative; each person in the firm while bringing unique talents is conversant in all aspects of the design process, and is asked to contribute ideas and critiques at significant stages of the project's development. We believe it is this working method together with strong project teams and client vision that makes for exceptional design.
Our design work is widely recognized, with over 80 design awards and honors, including 21 AIA Design Awards at local, state and national levels, the Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt 2019 National Design Award, Interior Design 2018 Hall of Fame, Architectural Record 2018 Women in Architecture Award, ACADIA 2017 Digital Practice Award of Excellence, Curbed 2015 Groundbreakers award, Architectural Record 2011 Design Vanguard, The Architectural League of New York 2007 Emerging Voices award, a Progressive Architecture Award, and numerous other architecture and interior awards and honors. Our work has been published in hundreds of journals, and exhibited in over fifty museums and galleries, including MoMA, The Guggenheim, SFMOMA, Vitra Design Museum, Artists Space and SCIArc Gallery. Iwamoto and Scott have lectured on the work of the firm at numerous professional, academic, and arts institutions worldwide. Both partners are full Professors in architecture, at UC Berkeley and California College of the Arts respectively. The partners have taught previously at University of Michigan, Harvard University, SCI-Arc, Cornell University, Syracuse University, Sydney University and Yale University.
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 became Chair of Architecture in December 2021 at the University of California Berkeley, where she has taught since 2001. Prior to this appointment she was Professor of Architecture and held the inaugural Doris and Clarence Malo Collegium Teaching Chair in Design at Berkeley, and where her design research concentrates on the perceptual performance of material and digital fabrication techniques. 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.
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 the University of Michigan, Harvard University, Syracuse University, Sydney University, Southern California Institute of Architecture, and Yale University.