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Akari Takebayashi

DTT Leader - New Knowledge

Akari is an architectural designer with significant experience on cultural, commercial, residential and masterplans projects, including a university campus, and large scale public realm / landscape / infrastructure design.

Akari joined Heatherwick Studio in 2015 and has since worked on numerous projects including Pier 55; a park and performance space on the Hudson River in New York; an urban study and space analysis of Covent Garden, London; and a design competition for a sustainable redevelopment of an existing central London Tower. Prior to joining Heatherwick Studio, Akari lived and worked in New York for 13 years and worked at practices including Reiser + Umemoto RUR Architecture DPC, Weiss / Manfredi, and Ennead Architects on numerous cultural and public realm projects, research and competitions.

Akari graduated from her architecture degree at the Pratt Institute in New York and also holds a Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Heatherwick Studio, she worked as a full time lecturer at University of Kentucky School of Architecture for 5 years and co-founded an architecture research lab, Design Office Takebayashi Scroggin [DOTS] in 2009. Her academic research carried out there focused on the concept of ‘Play’ in architecture and urban space that was implemented into her collaborative experimental projects such as: a series of international awarded architectural installation titled as ‘Massimals’; a winning urban furniture installation entitled ‘Cloud Garden’; and the conceptual development for Cherokee Square Park, in Kentucky.