Momoyo Kaijima, Yoshiharu Tsukamoto and Yoichi Tamai of Japanese practice Atelier Bow-Wow have been announced as the University of Sydney’s 2024 Rothwell Chair in Architectural Design Leadership at the institution’s School of Architecture, Design and Planning.

Founded in Tokyo in 1992, Atelier Bow-Wow’s work is renowned worldwide for its innovative approach to architecture and urbanism. Working across an array of sectors, the practice’s hallmarks of sustainability, social impact and human understanding define their projects.

Succeeding Lacaton & Vassal, the Atelier Bow-Wow trio will lead programs structured around urban-rural connections and communities, aimed at elevating the standards of architectural and urbanism practice within the School.

USYD’s Head of School and Dean, School of Architecture, Design and Planning, Robyn Dowling, says she is excited by the prospect of the Japanese practice enhancing educational perspectives.

“By appointing Atelier Bow-Wow as the next Rothwell Chair for the Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning, we are deepening our leadership in architecture and urbanism,” she says.

“Renowned for their pioneering work in domestic and cultural architecture; their insightful research into the intricate urban fabric of micro, ad hoc architecture; and extensive teaching experience across Japan and Europe, Atelier Bow-Wow brings a wealth of expertise that will support a transformative education for our students.

“Their presence will not only enrich our learning environment but also inspire innovation and interdisciplinary collaboration, shaping the future of our built environment.”

Momoyo Kaijima says she and her colleagues are intrigued by opportunity.

“We are looking forward to the opportunity to explore how communities can thrive while nurturing their natural environments.

“Japan and Australia share a common developmental history and, through our appointment at the Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning, we aim to delve deeper into understanding the outcomes of this shared past and uncover pathways that lead towards impactful design.

“This appointment presents an invaluable platform to engage with these core concepts, fostering meaningful dialogue and collaboration towards a more equitable and resilient built environment.”

The trio’s three-year tenure at USYD will see them conduct design studios, public lectures, and research activities as part of the Rothwell Chair Program, enriching the academic environment and fostering interdisciplinary collaboration.


Image L-R: Yoshiharu Tsukamoto, Yoichi Tamai, Momoyo Kaijim.