Aziza Chaouni and Takako Tajima

Bureau E.A.S.T
Young Architects Forum 2009: Foresight
Recorded: May 14, 2009

Aziza Chaouni and Takako Tajima are principals of Bureau E.A.S.T., with offices in Los Angeles, Toronto, and Fez, Morocco. The firm’s primary focus, exemplified in their ongoing “Out of Water” research, an investigation of where high-risk urban arid zones will be located in the next 50 years, is to sustainably integrate design into the environment. Their Fez river rehabilitation project won the 2008 Holcim Gold Award in Sustainable Construction and the 2009 EDRA best places award. Chaouni is also the director of the research board of DOCO.MO.MO Morocco, and winner of the Progressive Architecture research award in 2007 for her research project, “Hybrid Urban Sutures: Filling the Gaps” in the Medina of Fez.

Chaouni received her B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from Columbia University and her M.Arch. from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. She is currently an assistant professor at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto. Tajima received her B.Arch. from Carnegie Mellon University and an MLA and an MUP from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

The Architectural League’s Young Architects Forum is an annual competition and series of lectures and exhibitions organized by the Architectural League and its Young Architects Committee. The Forum was established to recognize specific works of high quality and to encourage the exchange of ideas among young people who might otherwise not have a forum.