in the Public Realm
Cocktails & Conversations

May 3, 2019 Center for Architecture, New York City

The Pairing:
Toshiko Mori, Toshiko Mori Architect
Fred Bernstein, architectural author and journalist

Cocktail designed by:
Toby Cecchini, Bartender + Author

Toshiko Mori, FAIA, Founder and Principal, Toshiko Mori Architect
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Toshiko Mori, FAIA, is the Robert P. Hubbard Professor in the Practice of Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and the principal of Toshiko Mori Architect.

Her firm’s recent work includes master plans for the Brooklyn Public Library Central Branch and the Buffalo Botanical Gardens; Thread, a cultural center and artists’ residences in Senegal; and Fass School and Teachers’ Residence in Senegal; and the Brown University Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. Their projects have won awards from Architizer, The Plan, and AIA, and have been internationally exhibited, including at the 2012, 2014 and 2018 Venice Architecture Biennales. Nikkei Business named her one of 50 Japanese Changing the World, and Architectural Digest listed her amongst their biennial AD100 in 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. Recent project publications include the Fass School and Teachers’ Residence in Architectural Record; Treeline, a private art barn, in Architectural Digest, and an interview in Monocle.

She has won numerous awards including the Academy Award in Architecture, from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; the AIA New York Medal of Honor; the 2016 ACSA Tau Sigma Delta National Honor Society Gold Medal; and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. She recently received the 2018 Maine in America Award, the 2019 AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education, and the LongHouse Reserve’s Longhouse Award. She will receive the OMI Arts Leadership Award in 2019.

She serves on the board of Dassault Systemes and is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Cities and Urbanization. She will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming AN Facades+ Symposium in New York and at the Dassault Systemes Worldwide Conference for Sustainable Innovation at the 2019 Milan Design Week.

Fred Bernstein, architectural author and journalist
Fred Bernstein, studied architecture (at Princeton University) and law (at NYU) and writes about both subjects. He has contributed more than 400 articles, many on architecture, to the New York Times; one was a profile of Toshiko Mori. He is also a regular contributor to such magazines as Architectural Record and Architectural Digest.

In 2008, he won the Stephen A. Kliment Oculus Award, bestowed annually by AIA New York for excellence in architecture writing. His latest book is Dirk Denison:10 Houses, published by Actar. This is Bernstein’s second Cocktails and Conversation.

Toby Cecchini, Bartender & Author
Toby Cecchini is a writer and bartender based in New York City. He has written on food, wine and spirits for GQ, Food and Wine, and The New York Times. His first book, Cosmopolitan: A Bartender's Life, was published in 2003. He is currently at work on his second book, a travelogue of spirits based on his travels for The New York Times' Living and travel magazines. He began bartending at the Odeon in 1987, where he is credited with creating the internationally recognized version of the Cosmopolitan cocktail in New York. He followed that with stints in several bars including Passersby, which he owned until 2008. In 2013 he reopened the shuttered Long Island Bar in Cobble Hill Brooklyn.