Atelier Bow-Wow named 2024 Rothwell Chair

26 March 2024
Garry and Susan Rothwell Chair in Architectural Design Leadership
Acclaimed Japanese architects from studio Atelier Bow-Wow have been announced as the 2024 Garry and Susan Rothwell Chairs in Architectural Design Leadership at the University of Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning.

L-R Yoshiharu Tsukamoto, Yoichi Tamai, Momoyo Kaijima

Taking over from French architects Lacaton & Vassal, Atelier Bow-Wow represented by Momoyo Kaijima, Yoshiharu Tsukamoto and Yoichi Tamai will lead programs structured around urban-rural connections and communities, aimed at elevating the standards of architectural and urbanism practice within the School.

By appointing Atelier Bow-Wow as the next Rothwell Chair for the Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning, we are deepening our leadership in architecture and urbanism.
Professor Robyn Dowling, Head of School and Dean, School of Architecture, Design and Planning

“Renowned for their pioneering work in domestic and cultural architecture; their insightful research into the intricate urban fabric of micro, ad hoc architecture; and extensive teaching experience across Japan and Europe, Atelier Bow-Wow brings a wealth of expertise that will support a transformative education for our students.

“Their presence will not only enrich our learning environment but also inspire innovation and interdisciplinary collaboration, shaping the future of our built environment.”

Founded in Tokyo in 1992 by Yoshiharu Tsukamoto and Momoyo Kaijima, Atelier Bow-Wow is renowned for its innovative approach to architecture and urbanism.

The firm's projects, spanning from residential buildings to public spaces, are characterised by a commitment to sustainability, social impact and an understanding of human behaviour in the built environment.

Ms Kaijima said: “We are looking forward to the opportunity to explore how communities can thrive while nurturing their natural environments."

Japan and Australia share a common developmental history and, through our appointment at the Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning, we aim to delve deeper into understanding the outcomes of this shared past and uncover pathways that lead towards impactful design.
Momoyo Kaijima, co-founder Atelier Bow-Wow

“This appointment presents an invaluable platform to engage with these core concepts, fostering meaningful dialogue and collaboration towards a more equitable and resilient built environment.”

Over the next three years, Atelier Bow-Wow will conduct design studios, public lectures, and research activities as part of the Rothwell Chair Program, enriching the academic environment and fostering interdisciplinary collaboration.

The Garry and Susan Rothwell Chair appointment includes a comprehensive program aimed at advancing architectural and urbanism practice, reflecting the University's commitment to excellence in education and research.

For more information about Atelier Bow-Wow and their projects, visit Atelier Bow-Wow Portfolio.


Main image: Kamogawa, Muji Pavilion. Atelier Bow-Wow. Courtesy Lee Stickells 2023

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