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From F1 to ancient Japanese bridges, Seiichi Mori of Wilson Associates loves good design

Seiichi Mori, Design Director of Wilson Associates shares 3 cultural elements that influenced his life in architecture.

Seiichi Mori

Design Director, Wilson Associates

As Design Director, Seiichi is responsible for conceptualizing the design intent for the entire project. He creates a holistic design concept that adheres to the client’s criteria; taking into account the project’s location, history, and cultural context. Seiichi is involved in each stage of the design process; working closely with the project team to ensure the integrity and direction of the project remains intact.

What 3 cultural elements have impacted your life in architecture and why?

#1 Model Making

Model making has certainly influenced my life in design. I was exposed to Lego building blocks at a young age and then eventually I discovered model making kits, further impacting my journey toward design. I loved piecing together model cars and trains as well as the practice of forming together smaller pieces into a larger form. My favorite brands, in particular, were the Tamiya car kits and Marklin model trains.

#2 Formula One

The design of Formula One auto racing is truly inspiring. I am in awe of the functionality and aerodynamics of these automobiles. My favorite is the Brabham BT46B “fan car”, designed by Gordon Murray for the Brabham team. It was introduced at the 1978 Swedish Grand Prix and generated an immense amount of downforce by means of a fan, claimed to be for increased cooling but which also extracted air from beneath the car. This car only raced once in this configuration in the Formula One World Championship—when Niki Lauda won the 1978 Swedish Grand Prix at Anderstorp Raceway in Sweden.

#3 Bridge Design

I’ve been drawn to structures such as bridges and stone arches. One of my favorite bridges is the Spectacles Bridge in Nagasaki, Japan. It was built in 1634 by the Chinese monk Mokusunyoujo and is believed to the oldest stone arch bridge in Japan along with Edo’s Nihonbashi bridge and Iwakuni’s Kintaikyo bridge. I also admire the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and Pont du Gard, an ancient Roman aqueduct bridge built in the first century AD to carry water over 31 miles to the Roman colony of Nimes. I admire the functionality of these structures, which are all uniquely different yet simplistic in form.

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