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

Research Keywords

  • Public Interest Design
  • Japanese Gardens
  • Japanese Architecture
  • Community Engagement

Presentations

  • “Shunmyo Masuno’s Zen Gardens,” University of Colorado-Denver lecture series, Denver, CO. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 10/2017.
  • "Experiential Learning" at the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence Annual Teaching Symposium, University of Utah, Salt Lake City. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 08/2017.
  • "Experiential Learning" at the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence Annual Teaching Symposium, University of Utah, Salt Lake City. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 08/2016.
  • "Place Matters: Design-Build in the Utah Desert," Satoumi-Satoyama Symposium, hosted by Kanazawa University in Noto, Japan. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 02/2016.
  • "Zen Gardens, Healing Gardens: Gardens by Shunmyo Masuno," North American Japanese Gardens Association (NAJGA), Morikami Museum and Garden, Delray, FL. Invited Talk/Keynote, Accepted, 02/2016.
  • “Japanese Landscape: An Aspect of Healing and Meditation,” Cosmos Club, Washington, DC. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 12/2014.
  • “Traditional Japanese Architecture,” The National Building Museum, Washington, DC. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 08/2014.
  • “Japanese Landscape: An Aspect of Healing and Meditation,” Catholic University School of Architecture and Planning, Washington, DC. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 02/2014.
  • “Japanese Gardens,” Freer and Sackler Galleries, Washington, DC. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 01/2014.
  • “Shunmyo Masuno’s Zen Gardens,” The Huntington Library & Gardens, San Marino, CA. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 01/2014.
  • “The Mystery and Mastery of Japanese Gardens,” Town Club, Salt Lake City. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 07/2013.
  • “Enthusiastic Architecture: The Role of Play in the Work of Team Zoo,” the 7th International Conference on Design Principles and Practices, University of Chiba, Japan. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 03/2013.
  • "Experiential Learning" at the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence Annual Teaching Symposium, University of Utah, Salt Lake City. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 08/2012.
  • “Living Small – Japanese Traditions,” AIA UT COTE Small Project – Big Idea conference, Salt Lake City . Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 05/2012.
  • “From Earth to Sky: Elements of traditional Japanese Architecture,” University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas . Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 04/2012.
  • “Innovations in Engagement: The MUSE Project,” with Mark Matheson, Alta Institute on Student Engagement, Alta, Utah . Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 09/2011.
  • “Nami: Waves in Japanese Culture,” Salt Lake Pecha Kucha: Inspire Japan. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 04/2011.
  • “The Use of Salvaged Materials in the Work of Super Potato,” Salt Lake Pecha Kucha Night #2 . Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 12/2010.
  • Architecture and Identity in Okinawa,” the Cultural Role of Architecture conference, University of Lincoln, UK . Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 06/2010.
  • Architecture and Identity in Okinawa,” the Cultural Role of Architecture conference, University of Lincoln, UK . Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 06/2010.
  • “Cinder Block and Shiisa: Architecture and Cultural Identity in Okinawa,” the International Association of Asian Studies 2010 Conference, Baton Rouge, LA . Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 02/2010.
  • “Builders at Play: Elements of Asobi in Japanese Architecture,” the International Association of Asian Studies 2010 Conference, Baton Rouge, LA . Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 02/2010.
  • “Cinder Block and Shiisa: Architecture and Cultural Identity in Okinawa,” the International Association of Asian Studies 2010 Conference, Baton Rouge, LA . Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 02/2010.
  • “People & (Another) Place: Community Values in Engaged Learning,” co-authored and presented with Keith Bartholomew, presentation and workshop at the Utah Campus Compact Conference on Civic Engagement, Salt Lake City, UT . Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 02/2010.
  • People & Place: Students in the Community,” University of Utah Insider Tour. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 04/2009.
  • “People & Place: Communicating Values in Community Development,” co-authored with Keith Bartholomew, The Value of Design, ACSA Annual Meeting, Portland, OR . Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 03/2009.
  • “People & Place: Eliciting Community Values through Narrative and Means-End Techniques,” co- authored and presented with Keith Bartholomew, presentation and workshop at the Utah Campus Compact Conference on Civic Engagement, St. George, UT . Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 02/2009.
  • “Japanese Art and Culture,” keynote lecture, Evening for Educators, University of Utah Museum of Fine Arts . Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 10/2008.
  • “Toward a Values-based Pedagogy in Architecture and Planning” co-authored with Keith Bartholomew, poster session at The Oxford Conference 2008: 50 Years on – Resetting the Agenda for Architectural Education in Oxford, UK . Other, Accepted, 07/2008.
  • “Service-Learning Experiences in Community Development” co-authored with Keith Bartholomew, the Erasing Boundaries Symposium, City College, New York, NY . Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 04/2008.
  • “The Significance of Sukiya: Form and Meaning in Traditional Japanese Architecture,” the International Association of Asian Studies 2008 Conference, Baton Rouge, LA . Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 02/2008.
  • “People & Place: Humanities-based Pedagogy in Architecture and Planning,” co-authored and presented with Keith Bartholomew, The Role of Humanities in Design Conference, University of Lincoln, UK . Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/2007.
  • “The Role of Tradition in Contemporary Japanese Architecture,” the joint conference of the Western Conference of the Association for Asian Studies (WCAAS) and the Southwest Conference on Asian Studies (SWCAS), University of Utah, Salt Lake City . Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 09/2007.
  • “People & Place: A Study of Planning and Design Pedagogy in the Academy and the Community,” co-authored and presented with Keith Bartholomew, the 45th International Making Cities Livable conference in Portland, OR . Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 06/2007.
  • “Studying Architecture at 1,500 Meters: The Role of Place in the Curriculum of the College of Architecture + Planning, University of Utah,” Shuto University, Tokyo, Japan . Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 05/2007.
  • “Studying Architecture at 1,500 Meters: The Role of Place in the Curriculum of the College of Architecture + Planning, University of Utah,” Shuto University, Tokyo, Japan . Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 05/2007.
  • “People & Place: Students in the Community,” University of Utah Insider Tour . Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 03/2007.

Languages

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

Geographical Regions of Interest

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

Publications

  • "Architecture in Pre-Modern Japan," Encyclopedia of Asian Design. Bloomsbury Publishing, PLLC: London. Accepted, 10/2014.
  • “Buying Brand Name Buildings for Rural Revitalization in Japan: The Case of Kengo Kuma’s Hiroshige Ando Museum,” in Perspecta 47: Money. James Andrachuk, Christos C. Bolos, Avi Forman, and Marcus A. Hooks, Eds. MIT Press: Cambridge, MA. Published, 08/2014.
  • “Silicon Slope: Adobe Systems Utah Campus,” in Architectural Record, pp. 101-105. Published, 08/2013.
  • “Obituary: Yukio Futagawa (1932-2013),” in Architectural Record. Published, 03/20/2013.
    http://archrecord.construction.com/news/2013/03/13...
  • Zen Gardens: The Complete Works of Shunmyo Masuno, Japan’s Leading Garden Designer, Tuttle Publishing: Tokyo and Rutland, VT; the first comprehensive study of the traditional and contemporary Zen gardens designed and constructed by Yokohama-based Zen priest, Shunmyo Masuno. Published, 07/2012.
  • “People & Place: Communication and Community Development,” with Keith Bartholomew, in Service-Learning in Design and Urban Planning. Thomas Angotti, Cheryl Doble, and Paula Horrigan, Eds. Published, 09/2011.
  • Accidental Design by Takashi Sugimoto, written translation (Japanese to English) of complete book (Toto Shuppan: Tokyo, 2010). Published, 03/2011.
  • Translation of major essays in Theater of Form by Kinya Maruyama, written translation (Japanese to English) of major essays (Kenshiku Shiryou Kenkyusha: Tokyo, 2010). Published, 12/2010.
  • Translation of major essays in Theater of Form by Kinya Maruyama, written translation (Japanese to English) of major essays (Kenshiku Shiryou Kenkyusha: Tokyo, 2010). Published, 12/2010.
  • Translation of “What in the World is Design?,” foreword to Sugimoto Takashi no Dezain (The Design of Takashi Sugimoto) by Takashi Sugimoto (Toto Shuppan: Tokyo, 2010). Published, 11/2010.
  • Translation of “What in the World is Design?,” foreword to Sugimoto Takashi no Dezain (The Design of Takashi Sugimoto) by Takashi Sugimoto (Toto Shuppan: Tokyo, 2010). Published, 11/2010.
  • “Foreword,” invited essay for new edition of Impressions of Japanese Architecture and the Allied Arts by Ralph Adams Cram (originally published in 1905), Tuttle Publishing: Tokyo and Rutland, VT; pp. 11-21. Published, 09/2010.
  • “Foreword,” invited essay for new edition of A Short History of Japanese Architecture by Arthur L. Sadler (originally published in 1941), Tuttle Publishing: Tokyo and Rutland, VT; pp. 12-21. Published, 11/2009.
  • Traditional Japanese Architecture: An Exploration of Elements and Forms, Tuttle Publishing: Tokyo and Rutland, VT. Published, 11/2009.
  • “Foreword,” invited essay for new edition of A Short History of Japanese Architecture by Arthur L. Sadler (originally published in 1941), Tuttle Publishing: Tokyo and Rutland, VT; pp. 12-21. Published, 10/2009.
  • “Foreword,” invited essay for new edition of A Short History of Japanese Architecture by Arthur L. Sadler (originally published in 1941), Tuttle Publishing: Tokyo and Rutland, VT; pp. 12-21. Published, 2009.
  • Fourteen invited essays on contemporary Japanese buildings for the Atlas of 21st Century Architecture, Phaidon: London. Published, 11/2008.
  • “People & Place: Humanities-based Pedagogy in Architecture and Planning,” with Keith Bartholomew, in COMM-ORG Papers, volume 14. Published, 10/2008.
    http://comm-org.wisc.edu/papers2008/bartholomew.ht...
  • “Japanese Mud Plaster (in Utah)” in the AIA Small Project Practitioners Journal, issue number 42. Published, 10/2007.
    http://www.aia.org/nwsltr_spf.cfm?pagename=spf_a_0...
  • Super Potato Design: The Complete Works of Takashi Sugimoto, Japan’s Leading Interior Designer, Tuttle Publishing: Tokyo and Rutland, VT; the first full-length book to present the built work and conceptual ideas of the internationally renowned Japanese design firm Super Potato and founder Takashi Sugimoto. Published, 11/2006.