Yoko Kawai


B.Eng., Kyoto University

M.Arch, Harvard University

Ph.D., Kobe University

Ms. Kawai is cofounder and principal of Penguin Environmental Design, based in Hamden, Connecticut, and in Osaka, Japan. Her firm focuses on incorporating landscape into architecture, often by using spatial concepts of East Asia. Its works include a residential alteration that received a CTC&G Innovation in Design award in 2015, a dry garden for Frost Valley YMCA in 2014, and a stonescape at the Yale University Art Gallery in 2009. Prior to joining the faculty at Yale, Ms. Kawai taught Japanese architecture and design studios at the New York Institute of Technology and in Japan at St. Agnes’ University, Doshisha Women’s College of Liberal Arts, and Setsunan University. Her research examines the influence of information communication technology on urban and architectural forms in the United States and in Asian countries. Ms. Kawai’s articles have been published in various international scholarly journals. She wrote the chapter “Choose, Create, & Connect: How Telework Liberates Ideas of Dwelling” in Korekara no Sumaito Machi (Future Dwellings and Cities), published by Asakura Shoten in 2014. Ms. Kawai received a B.Eng. from Kyoto University, an M.Arch. from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. from Kobe University.

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