In this lecture, Kim Yao will discuss the studio and work of 2020 AIA Architecture Firm Award winner Architecture Research Office. The presentation will include the role research plays in the practice. Aspects of the office structure, culture, philosophy, and design process will be explored. Using case study projects, Yao will discuss the importance of client engagement and embedding values in design.
Identify and understand their client’s mission, vision, and values.
Apply project principles that will serve as a foundation for design.
Create an office environment focused on collaboration and engagement.
Explain the role of applied research within an architectural practice.
Kim Yao, AIA
Principal, Architecture Research Office
Kim Yao, AIA, is Principal of Architecture Research Office (ARO), a New York City firm dedicated to architecture that unites strategy and intelligence with beauty and form. ARO’s diverse body of work has earned the firm over a hundred design awards including the 2020 National AIA Architecture Firm Award, AIA New York State Firm of the Year Award, and the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award. Kim holds an undergraduate degree in architecture from Columbia College: Columbia University and a Master of Architecture from Princeton University. Kim is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, and has also taught at the School of Constructed Environments, Parsons, the New School for Design and Barnard College (2001-2011). She is on the Executive Committee and Board for AIA New York and the Center for Architecture as the 2020 President of AIA New York.