Mirai Morita

Ms Mirai Morita


School of Architecture and Built Environment

Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences

Mirai is a curious, determined, motivated educator and designer working with the belief that spaces will enable people that living conditions do change and shape who you are and that space makes a difference to a person. Mirai is a Japanese native who joined Adelaide University as a Lecturer in 2013. Educated in the United States, she has continued to traverse the globe working on architecture projects of various scales and distinctions, having worked at OMA and Atelier Bow-Wow designing large scale masterplans, commercial/cultural projects, residential projects and small-scale exhibitions. With her experience of working with great talents around the world, she brings a set of ideas and skills eager to put to practice towards creating beautiful and intriguing moments by in hopes that our collaborative knowledge and experience may work to improve the lives of each other.



  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2016 - 2017 Project Leader Office for Metropolitan Architecture
    2013 lecturer university of adelaide
    2013 - 2009 Architecture staff Atelier Bow-Wow
    2008 - 2009 Architect Asymptote Architecture
    2007 - 2008 Architect Office for Metropolitan Architecture
    2006 - 2006 Design Staff INABA Projects
    2005 - 2006 Design Staff Xefirotarch
    2002 - 2004 Design Staff Michael Sorkin Studio
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    Japanese Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    southern california institute of architecture usa masters in architecture
    north carolina state university usa bachelor of environmental design in architecture
  • Research Interests

  • Books

    Year Citation
    2003 Sorkin, M. (2003). Starting from Zero Reconstructing Downtown New York. Psychology Press.
  • Book Chapters

    Year Citation
    2013 Morita, M., & Lacoudre, I. (2013). Exploring Atelier Bow-Wow. In A. Segal, C. Castagnet, D. Berakha, & I. Kenigsberg (Eds.), Labor (Vol. 2, pp. 86-95). Argentina: revistalabor.
  • Original Creative Works

    Year Citation
    2019 Publication status: Unpublished
    NTRO sub category: 2 Design/Architectural work
    Title: Paper
    Authors: Morita M
    Author affiliation: University of Adelaide School of Architecture and Built Environment
    (1648463) Morita, Mirai
    Place of publication: Tin Sheds Gallery in Sydney
    Publication date: 12 July 2019
    Extent: approx. dimension: (L)6.5m x (W)2.1m x (H)2.4m. Material: Aluminium Angle, plotter paper, Shoji paper
    Type of work: spacial art installation
    ERA Research Statement - 2000 character limit: The project provided a unique opportunity to collaborate and test my developing doctorate thesis as a design installation in Sydney. The project was designed, fabricated and exhibited in Tin Sheds Gallery in Sydney as part of an Exhibit Fusions of Horizons curated by Amit Srivastava and Cole Roskam. The project added significance in allowing me to explore the cross-cultural influences and differences in my training and upbringing as a Japanese woman in the western context. As outcomes, my work, which had great relevance to my PhD research, was exposed to an extended audience of academics. The project is being analysed for its positives and negatives during the process as one of my case studies for my PhD design research. Furthermore, it created a unique opportunity to collaborate with Amit, whose research field is in the different area, but succeeded in contributing a different dimension and perspective to his exhibit, which again aligns with my PhD theme of collaboration and negotiation.
    Description: Two different types of paper hangs in space. This simple gesture of hanging paper is giving the opportunity for paper to express the subtle nature of the being.

    One kind of paper may seem soft against light almost absorbing it and the shadow becomes fuzzier. It may also feel warmer and flexible to the touch. While the other paper appear sharper and brighter against light, almost reflecting rather than accepting. It maybe colder and harder to the touch.

    These two different type of paper have different expression, as subtle they may be. Both considered to be paper, but different. Different expression can create different culture, or vice versa.

    This project celebrates and appreciates the difference. At the same time the two can also co-exist. From some perspective, you see one characteristics stronger over the other, but as you move around the two become more infused and combined becoming something else. Whatever the difference there may be, the mixing of the two perspectives creates a new and richer expression, a fusion of the two, a good place to be.
    Keywords: paper, culture, experience, perspective
    Record created at source: 25 September 2019

    2017 Publication status: Published
    NTRO sub category: 2 Design/Architectural work
    Title: Hair Lab
    Authors: Morita M, Chua S, Chue L, Koh B
    Place of publication: https://creativeadelaide.beebreeders.com/shortlisted-projects
    Publication date: 10 October 2017
    Extent: Four A2 landscape panels
    ERA Research Statement - 2000 character limit: This was an open idea competition for an existing site in Adelaide, investigation into how to insert creative energy into the city.

    Creative energy and thinking can really enrich a city. What is creativity? There is no creativity without knowledge. Without knowledge, there will be no creativity. Once you build a knowledge, one has the ability to think outside of the box (norm), being able to see things from different perspective. This creative thinking can be amplified and used for the greater good of the people and the world.

    Hair lab’s main function is to collect hair waste from Adelaide CBD and compost it into fertiliser, while putting the process on display to educate people of this possibility. Waste is a real problem in any cities around the world. There are many reasons to the cause of global warming and natural disasters that are threatening our society all over the globe is a real threat. Every person needs to be more aware and conscious about the amount of waste produced. To address and expose this issue which is often overlooked, we chose human hair waste as our focus. Going to hair salons to get our hair cut is one of our chores we all do. How many people actually considers, who collects them, and what happens to them? Our proposal provides opportunity to collect, store, and decompose into fertiliser for distribution.

    Second function of the Hair Lab is a curated library. Curator is appointed quarterly to decide on the topic of knowledge to be open to public. The library content can be books, digital books, audio, film etc. The space creates opportunity to enrich knowledge from very specific point of view in much depth.

    The third program of the Hair Lab is a performance/exhibit space. This space could be used as part of the content for the curated library as well as hosting various other public events for the city. It is creating an opportunity to engage with wide range of audiences and create platform for productive discussions on various issues.
    Notes: Short Listed
    Verification-status: Verified
    Record created at source: 7 December 2017

    2016 NTRO sub category: 2 Design/Architectural work
    Title: Sun Room Art Studio
    Authors: Morita M
    Author affiliation: A1648463
    Place of publication: Adelaide
    Publication date: 14 May 2016
    Extent: 4000 x 6300 x 3000
    Type of work: In-situ architectural work of concrete and timber
    ERA Research Statement - 2000 character limit: .
    Verification-status: Verified
    Record created at source: 17 May 2016
    2015 Publication status: Unpublished
    NTRO sub category: 2 Design/Architectural work
    Title: Tombstone
    Authors: Morita M
    Place of publication: Kawasaki, Japan
    Publication date: 4 November 2015
    Extent: 1740 x 1690 x 1561
    Type of work: stone work
    ERA Research Statement - 2000 character limit: .
    Source URL: http://mirainokuni.com/toombstone.html
    Verification-status: Verified
    Record created at source: 28 January 2016
  • Position: Lecturer
  • Phone: 83134588
  • Email: mirai.morita@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Horace Lamb, floor 4
  • Room: 4 63
  • Org Unit: School of Architecture & Built Environment

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