ARCH 3031 Third Year Design Studio
Miwako Hattori, AIA, LEED AP, is a founder and Principal of Studio Kiro. She was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan and has spent over 20 years in New Orleans. Before she fell in love with New Orleans, she spent her architectural education and early career in Tokyo, Japan, Raleigh, NC, Charleston, SC, Prague, Czech Republic and Berlin, Germany. She has worked at one of New Orleans’ leading architectural firms for the past 10 years as Studio Director and Principal. She has extensive project experience at a variety of scales, ranging in cost from $100,000 to $80 million with the market varying from residential, hospitality, civic, transportation and higher education.
Miwako believes that the architectural space should relate to its cultural, climactic and urban or natural context. New places and spaces that reflect clients’ and users’ desired life approach should enhance and give energy to the existing surroundings and become a part of the community. She graduated from Japan Women’s University of Housing Design and her philosophy of how space should be informed by the clients’ life approach is rooted in her study during that time. She received her Master of Architecture degree from North Carolina State University.