IwamotoScott Architecture is a San Francisco-based architecture and design practice led by Lisa Iwamoto and Craig Scott.
As a practice committed to pursuing architecture as a form of applied design research, ISAr engages in projects at multiple scales and in a variety of contexts. These include full-scale fabrications, museum installations and exhibitions, theoretical proposals, design competitions and commissions. Each project is treated as a unique opportunity to achieve outstanding design quality regardless of project scope or scale.
Our design approach proceeds from in-depth research coupled with creative experimentation. Responses to project circumstances and client requirements are directed along multiple lines of inquiry, where generative concepts are tested through speculative form-finding and iterative modeling in both physical and digital media.
The work of ISAr centers on amplifying the perceptual performance of architecture, establishing strong environmental and site relationships, and pursuing innovation in use of material and configuration of space. Ultimately, the work aims to produce an experiential synthesis of formal affect and spatial effect, while balancing specificities of context, economies of construction, particulars of program and desires of the client.
Lisa Iwamoto received her Master of Architecture degree with Distinction from Harvard University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Structural Engineering from the University of Colorado. She has worked as a Structural Engineer at Bechtel Corporation, and Architectural Designer at Schwartz Silver Architects, Thompson and Rose, and Architectural Intern at Morphosis. She has taught previously at the University of Michigan where she was a Muschenheim Fellow, and Harvard University. She is currently an Assistant Professor at University of California Berkeley where her design research concentrates on the perceptual performance of material and digital fabrication techniques.
Craig Scott received his Master of Architecture degree with Distinction from Harvard University, and a Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University. He has worked as Project Architect at Brian Healy Architects and RoTo Architects, and Architectural Designer at Morphosis. He has taught previously at the University of Michigan, Yale, and Harvard University. He is currently an Associate Professor of Architecture at California College of the Arts.