Twenty years ago, the Hideo Sasaki Foundation was established with a bequest from the family of Hideo Sasaki, an internationally renowned landscape architect who was admired for his teaching, critical abilities, and multidisciplinary approach to design. Today, the Sasaki Foundation carries forward Hideo Sasaki’s legacy by blurring the boundaries that separate practice and research, academia and industry, the profession and the public to co-create change to shape the built environment.

Over the past 20 years, we’ve supported

college scholarships

studios and
research projects


programs and partnerships
program attendees


Girl UNinterrupted: Trends from Coast to Coast

MARCH 3, 2020

The Girl UNinterrupted (GU) project bridges the gap between young female designers and leaders in architecture, targeting both groups. This presentation is a reflection of GU's research on design equity in Boston; Chicago; Los Angeles; New York; and Washington, DC; and will highlight gaps in the design profession when it comes to young designers and negotiation, career growth, and work-life balance as well as resolutions on what can be done to minimize that gap. A panel discussion will follow with women in the architectural community from a variety of experiences, backgrounds, and roles to discuss struggles they have faced, issues today, and how we can work together to create more equitable environments.

MIT Solve Workshop

MARCH 26, 2020

How can urban residents design and live in environments that promote physical and mental health? The Solve community aims to support solutions focused on improving the mental and physical health of people in cities and slums by preventing infectious disease outbreaks and vector-borne illnesses, reducing the incidence of non-communicable diseases, promoting physical safety, and enabling equitable access to affordable and effective health services. We invite you to the Incubator at Sasaki to hear from folks from the challenge's selected solutions and provide feedback. Spots are limited!

Design Grants Open House

APRIL 1, 2020

Join us for an Open House at the Incubator at Sasaki to learn more about the Sasaki Foundation Design Grants and our call for proposals, open now. No matter who you are, we need your skills. We are looking for interdisciplinary, creative approaches to test new design concepts that address complex challenges in our communities: 1) Proactive approaches to climate adaptation 2) New models for housing 3) Innovation in transit and access to mobility 4) Creative community building.

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A 20 year

October 19, 2000
The Sasaki Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, was established with a bequest from Hideo Sasaki’s family and friends to continue his legacy of advancing rigorous and challenging research in design.

2001 to 2004
The Hideo Sasaki Foundation scholarship program provided scholarships to 24 students at 12 different universities across the country.

The Sasaki Foundation was a lead sponsor for the Landscape Futures Initiative, a series of symposia organized by the Landscape Architecture Foundation and hosted by universities across the country to analyze future drivers of global landscape change.

spring 2004
The Sasaki Foundation sponsored the Integrative Environmental Design Studio at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, an experiment to bring together graduate students in architecture, landscape architecture, and planning.

The Sasaki Foundation contributed to the Robert P. Madison Scholarship Fund, established as an annual scholarship encouraging African-American youth to aspire to a career in architecture.

The Hideo Sasaki Distinguished Visiting Critic program—a Boston Architectural College interdisciplinary educational initiative sponsored by the Sasaki Foundation—provided an opportunity for architecture, landscape architecture, and interior design students to work directly with accomplished designers who foster collaboration and integration.

The Sasaki Foundation supported the Boston Architectural College Collaborative Global Practice program, which included both teaching collaboration to students and cultivating expertise in negotiating the complexities and challenges that arise in international practice and cross-cultural collaboration.

spring 2012
The Sasaki Foundation sponsored a Harvard Graduate School of Design studio, “The Garden in the Machine: A Demonstration Landscape for Deere & Company,” taught by Peter L. Osler of Illinois Institute of Technology.

The Sasaki Foundation, under the auspices of the Society for College and University Planning, funded the M. Perry Chapman Prize, which awarded $10,000 annually to honor Perry’s commitment to integrated planning and interdisciplinary collaboration and advance research to improve campus environments in support of their institutions’ missions.

The Sasaki Foundation sponsored three students through Youth Design, a unique summer internship and mentoring program that introduced urban public high school teens to the design world through paid internships with professional design mentors.

The Sasaki Foundation sponsored the Black in Design Conference. Organized by the Harvard University Graduate School of Design African American Student Union (GSD AASU) the event recognizes the contributions of the African diaspora to the design fields and promotes discourse around the agency of the design profession to address and dismantle the institutional barriers faced by our communities.

As part of a renewed mission and vision, the Sasaki Foundation announced Alexandra Lee as the inaugural executive director to guide the Foundation in establishing a more expansive research agenda and seeking new partners to drive innovation.

April 2018
Sasaki and the Sasaki Foundation celebrated the public opening of the Incubator at Sasaki, a flexible research studio and shared work space intended to serve as a catalyst for cross-industry collaboration, curated by the Sasaki Foundation.

The Sasaki Foundation supports the Girl UNinterrupted project, which creates a bridge between generations while sharing perspectives and best practices in order to empower emerging designers to have a proactive voice in their future.

The Sasaki Foundation Summer Exploratory Experience in Design (SEED) program, in partnership with American Student Assistance, is a six-week paid internship structured holistically around introducing young high school students to the world of design.

The Sasaki Foundation Design Grants are an annual competition to showcase projects that support and drive interdisciplinary innovation and empower our local communities.

The Sasaki Foundation Design Mentorship Program, in partnership with American Student Assistance, is an eight-month program that provides access to design for middle school students at Watertown Middle School.