MIRA LOCHER

Curriculum Vitae

MIRA LOCHER portrait
  • Associate Professor, School Of Architecture
  • Chair School of Architecture

Biography

Education

  • B.A., architecture and urbanism, Smith College. Project: Learning from the American Vernacular
  • M.Arch., architecture, University of Pennsylvania. Project: The Vermont Zen Center

Honors & Awards

  • University of Utah Office of Global Engagement “Global Learning across the Disciplines” Nov 2016 Grant for “Transcending Borders: Embedding Global Citizenship within Architecture & Design Curricula” . Office of Global Engagement, 11/2017
  • grant for travel related to research on Team Zoo . University of Utah Asia Center , 02/2015
  • grant for Tohoku: Through the Eyes of Japanese Photographers exhibit. University of Utah Asia Center , 08/2014
  • election to the College of Fellows . American Institute of Architects, 02/2014
  • grant to offset student travel costs for “Materials and Construction in Japanese Architecture” study abroad trip . University of Utah Asia Center , 06/2013
  • grant for research on post-disaster recovery in Iwate, Japan. University of Utah Asia Center, 03/2013
  • John R. Park Teaching Fellowship. University of Utah, 02/2013
  • Zen Gardens selected as 2012 Book of the Year. Financial Times, 12/2012
  • Zen Gardens selected as 2012 Book of the Year. Publishers Weekly, 10/2012
  • grant to offset travel costs for "Materials and Construction in Japanese Architecture" study tour. University of Utah Asia Center, 06/2012
  • grant for "Authority and Architecture in Japan" with Mamiko Suzuki. Japan Foundation, 05/2012
  • Traditional Japanese Architecture selected as finalist for 2010 Book of the Year Award. ForeWord Reviews, 03/2011
  • Teaching Grant with Dr. Mamiko Suzuki for "Authority and Architecture in Japan". University of Utah, 04/2010
  • Early Career Teaching Award. University of Utah, 04/2010
  • 2008-09 Alternate Research Fellow for "Against the Current: The Architecture and Ideology of Team Zoo". Fulbright Scholar Program, 08/2008
  • Professor of the Year. College of Architecture + Planning, University of Utah, 05/2008
  • 2008 Service Learning Class of the Year, with Keith Bartholomew. University of Utah Lowell Bennion Community Service Center, 03/2008
  • Teaching Grant for "People & Place," with Keith Bartholomew. University of Utah, 10/2007
  • First Prize design entry, with Takayuki Murakami. Hopewell Mann Housing Competition, 05/2007
  • 2006-07 University Professorship, with Keith Bartholomew. University of Utah, 07/2006
  • International Faculty Development Grant for "World Expo 2005 Movable Teahouse Project". University of Utah, 11/2004
  • Grant for "Team Zoo: Architecture and Everyday Life". Graham Foundation, 05/2003
  • Grant for construction workshops with architect Shigeru Ban and master carpenter Tamotsu Edo, with Peter MacKeith. Visiting East Asian Professionals Program, Washington University in St. Louis, 04/2003

Biography

Mira (Mimi) Locher is an educator, writer, and practicing architect working in the U.S. and Japan. She is the Chair of the School of Architecture at the University of Utah and a partner in Kajika Architecture. She is the author of three books, Super Potato Design, Traditional Japanese Architecture, and Zen Gardens. 

Affiliations

  • American Institute of Architects College of Fellows (FAIA), member, 02/2014 - present
  • The University of Utah "My U Signature Experience" Project (MUSE), Associate Director, 08/2010 - 07/2013
  • American Institute of Architects (AIA), member, 01/2000 - present

In the Media

  • Review of Zen Gardens in Financial Times Books of the Year, p. 17. 12/2012.
  • Review of Zen Gardens by Graham Hardman in Shakkei, vol. 19, no. 3, pp. 2-7. 12/2012.
  • Review of Zen Gardens by Sarah Milliken in Garden Design Journal, issue 12, p. 44. 12/2012.
  • Review of Zen Gardens by Meg Nola in ForeWord, pp. 56-57. 12/2012.
  • Citation of Zen Gardens in Shambala Sun Space. 11/2012. http://shambhalasun.com/sunspace/?p=29784
  • “Zen and the Art of Landscaping,” review of Zen Gardens in Buddhist Art News. 10/2012. http://buddhistartnews.wordpress.com/2012/10/17/ze...
  • Starred review of Zen Gardens in Publishers Weekly. 09/2012. http://edelweiss.abovethetreeline.com/CatalogOverv...
  • “Peace among the Pebbles,” article regarding Zen Gardens book in The Nation (English language newspaper in Thailand) by Manote Tripathi. 07/30/2012. http://www.nationmultimedia.com/life/Peace-amid-
  • “Zen Gardens” interview on syndicated television show “Bookcase” in Thailand with host Manote Tripathi, two 15 minute segments. 07/18/2012. http://www.nationmultimedia.com/video/7266
  • Review of Traditional Japanese Architecture in The Japan Times (English language newspaper in Japan) by Stephen Mansfield. 06/05/2011.
  • Review of Traditional Japanese Architecture in CHOICE (Current Reviews for Academic Libraries) by T.K. Kitao. 03/2011.
  • Review of Traditional Japanese Architecture in Library Journal by David McClelland. 12/05/2010. http://www.libraryjournal.com/lj/ljinprintcurrenti...
  • Review of Super Potato Design by C. Ogawa in Japan Visitor, online at http://www.japanvisitor.com/index.php?cID=354&pID=1066 . 02/05/2009.
  • “First Night Sparkles with 4,000 Recycled Bottles,” photo and caption in The Salt Lake Tribune . 01/01/2009.
  • “Salt Lake Celebrates First Night,” article by Clayton Norlen in The Deseret News . 01/01/2009.
  • Review of Super Potato Design by Kuang Ning Huang in Chinese-language journal My Life (Singapore), p. B14 . 02/18/2008.
  • Review of Super Potato Design by June Lee in Time Out Singapore, Look Smart issue 2. 08/2007. http://www.timeout.com/sg/en/books/feature/look-sm...
  • “Design Shaping Culture,” review of Super Potato Design in Artec.net. 06/04/2007. http://artect.net/?p=139
  • “Hot Potato” review of Super Potato Design in journal Destinasian . 04/2007. www.destinasian.com/issuedet.php?id=283
  • “Public Housing: A Better Neighborhood by Design” in the Free New Mexican, front page newspaper article with color photo regarding the results of the Hopewell Mann Design Competition and exhibition of entries . 03/08/2007. http://www.freenewmexican.com/story_print.php?stor...
  • Review of Super Potato Design by Clifford A. Pearson in Architectural Record, p.177. 03/2007.
  • “Super Potato Design” interview on syndicated radio program Living Large with host Karen Mills . 02/06/2007.
  • Review of Super Potato Design in asiaone: wine, dine, & unwind journal (Singapore) . 12/15/2006.

Languages

  • German, functional.
  • Japanese, fluent.
  • Spanish, basic.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Japan
  • Eastern Asia
  • South-Eastern Asia
  • Southern Asia