The architecture of the Morris Sato Studio is filled with light and sound. In designing for a world, which is already full, Morris and Sato pursue definitions of beauty and utility as equally sustainable human amenities. Their multidisciplinary work explores scales and boundaries between architecture, urbanism, art, and design and has been built and exhibited in North America, Europe, and Asia .
The experiences and spirit captured in their Studio 's diverse projects result not only from their refined use of materials and subtlety of form and color, but by their infusion with an awareness of the ephemeral and enduring aspects of time. These celebrated a/temporal dualities embody an overall ambiance of well being, unique to each place and specific assignment, refuting easy stylistic categorization. Critics have described their work as being neither traditional nor modern, but formally inventive and carefully composed, offering persuasive evidence on the existence of aura.
Yoshiko Sato, a native of Japan, studied Fine Arts in Tokyo before moving to the United States. Sato received her Bachelor of Architecture with honors from The Cooper Union School of Architecture in 1989. In 1996, she received a Master of Architecture with distinction from Harvard University 's Graduate School of Design where she was awarded the best design student. Sato has additionally received multiple awards including the Paris Prize in Architecture and a Mellon Grant. Sato participated as a juror and committee member for the Architectural League of New York, and The New York State Council for the Arts. In the aftermath of September 11th, Sato authored several articles for leading Japanese newspapers and contributed to the Van Alen Institute's exhibition and publication Renewing, Remembering, Rebuilding with the article "Remediating Earth" comparing New York and Kobe 's 1995 earthquake disaster. In 2004-2005, she taught as a Visiting Design Critic in Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. In 2005, Sato was appointed as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University 's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, where she has taught since 1999. In conjunction with Morris Sato Studio, as the director of the Japan Lab in Architecture at Columbia University, Sato leads research and project investigations for developing Space Habitation Modules with participation from NASA, international scientists, engineers, artists and others. In June 2009 she was selected to present her team's work at The International Humans in Space Conference in Moscow, Russia.
Michael Morris was born in London, England. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Environmental Design from Parsons School of Design in 1985 and Bachelor of Architecture with honors from The Cooper Union in 1989. In addition to numerous honors and awards, in 1991 Morris was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Ireland, and the Paris Prize in architecture for urban proposals for Dublin and New York. In 2000, Morris and Sato received an honorable mention for their Architecture for Humanity's competition entry for Kosovo Refugee Housing. In 1995 and 1999, Morris was the curator and designer for two widely recognized exhibitions, Sarajevo: Dream Reality and Renaissance and Reconstruction in the Balkans. He has taught and lectured independently and jointly with Sato at The Cooper Union, Parsons, Cornell University, Harvard University, Columbia University, the Hochschule der Kunste in Berlin, Germany, the Kanazawa International Design Institute in Kanazawa, Japan, and the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, NL. Since 1993, Morris has taught architecture and environmental design studios, material, digital architecture, and day lighting courses at Parsons The New School for Design's School of Constructed Environments. In 2009 Morris lectured with Sato at the Columbus Museum of Art in Columbus, Ohio and independently at several symposiums concerning environmental sustainability as related to his firm's work and research.