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Michael Morris

Associate Professor Adjunct

Michael Morris is honors graduate of The Cooper Union School of Architecture  (ARCH ’89) and Parsons School of Design (BFA ’85 ) and a completed his independent post -graduate architecture studies as a Fulbright Scholar to Ireland in 1991.  With his late wife–and-partner Yoshiko Sato (Arch ’89) Morris founded the Morris Sato Studio Architecture from 1996 in New York City.  Morris Sato Studio have built and exhibited their work in North America, Europe, and East Asia.  Internationally recognized in leading publications and periodicals for their architecture, art, science, and engineering collaborations Morris and Sato have received numerous professional awards, grants, and honors including the John Q. Hejduk Award in 2013.  Concurrent with professional practice, Morris has independently (and in collaboration with Sato) held academic positions and lectured in architecture schools including his alma matter’s Cooper Union and Parsons, in addition to Columbia, Harvard, Cornell, and Pratt including several visiting positions held at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and the Kanazawa Institute of Design in Japan.

After Yoshiko Sato’s death in 2012, Morris took the lead of her esteemed Space Architecture studio program and Lab at Columbia University. In 2013, Morris participated as a Subject Matter Expert in NASA’s Net Habitable Volume Consensus Session to define the volume of a future Mars Transit Habitat and in 2015, Morris brought Space Studio to Pratt Institute’s School of Architecture, becoming a research fellow after he was awarded two consecutive NASA Exploration (X-HAB) Innovation Grants to head student designs proposals and prototype fabrication for Mars Transit and Mars Surface Habitats.  In July of 2016, the first Pratt /NASA X-HAB project– Mars Transit Habitat was exhibited at the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum in New York City.  In 2015 together with 5 of his and Sato’s Columbia Space Studio graduates, Morris established an independent research group - Space Exploration Architecture (SEArch).   In 2015 as project team leader Morris led SEArch in collaboration with Clouds Architecture Office to win first prize in NASA’s Centennial Challenge with MARS ICE HOUSE.  The model, drawings and video of their Mars project are currently on exhibitions in noted art and design museums in Asia and Europe from 2016- 2018 and Morris has been an invited participant to international aerospace engineering conferences.  As a SEArch member his current work includes ongoing projects with NASA Langley on the design and testing for a future Martian Surface Habitats and research and development assignments with leading aerospace industry experts and corporations on robotic and life support technology.

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