Hiroto<br />Kobayashi


Associate Professor of Keio University Graduate School of Media and Governance, co-director of International Keio Institute for Architecture and Urbanism – IKI, Visiting Associate Professor of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Principal of Kobayashi Maki Design Workshop (KMDW), and Representative of Skidmore Owings and Merrill LLP (SOM).

Hiroto Kobayashi studied architecture and urban design at Kyoto University and the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD). He has worked with Nikken Sekkei and Norman Foster and Partners as an architect. He completed his doctoral dissertation on the traditional community form, ‘Cho’, and received a Doctor of Design degree from the GSD, where he served as visiting associate through 2000-2003. Kobayashi is the principal of the Tokyo-based architectural design office KMDW in a partnership with Naomi Maki. He also represents the American architectural firm, Skidmore Owings and Merrill LLP, in Japan.
Recently he has researched sustainable rural design for the revitalization of declining communities with MIT. He co-taught architectural design studios in 2010 and 2011 at MIT.

He co-edited and wrote in CASE: Toyo Ito Sendai Mediatheque, ‘Processing Incompletion’ (2002 Prestell/Harvard Design School), Tokyo Midtown, ‘Dynamism of Roppongi’ (2007 Shin-Kenchikusha), and translated Zwischenstadt (translation with Kei Minohara) (2008 Gakugeishuppansha).