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Nanako Umemoto-Reiser

Visiting Professor


Nanako Umemoto has practiced in New York City as Reiser + Umemoto, RUR Architecture P.C. since 1986. Nanako Umemoto is currently a Visiting Professor at Columbia University and Pratt Institute, and leads a yearly design workshop at Hong Kong University. Reiser + Umemoto, RUR Architecture P.C., an internationally recognized architectural firm, has built projects at a wide range of scales: from furniture design, to residential and commercial structures, up to the scale of landscape design and infrastructure. Currently, Reiser + Umemoto carries tremendous momentum forward with the wins of two recent international competitions‚ the Kaohsiung Port Terminal and Taipei Pop Music Center projects—both of which are in early development. The firm also recently completed O-14, a unique 22-story office tower in Dubai which has received numerous international honors, including the Concrete Industry Board‚ 2009 Award of Merit and the American Council of Engineering Companies‚ 2009 Diamond Award. O-14 is scheduled to open in Summer 2011.Jesse Reiser received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Cooper Union in New York and completed his Masters of Architecture at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, and in 1985, was appointed as a fellow of the American Academy in Rome. Architect and Landscape Architect Nanako Umemoto graduated from Cooper Union following her studies at the School of Urban Design at the Osaka University of Art. In addition to teaching together at Columbia University, they have individually taught and lectured at various educational and cultural institutions throughout the United States, Europe and Asia, and their work has been widely published and exhibited for over 20 years.