Katie Okamoto is a writer and editor with backgrounds in multiple media (audio, print, digital) and disciplines (design, architecture, environmental policy). Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, BuzzFeed, Bon Appétit, Newsweek, Vice, Lucky Peach (R.I.P.), and Metropolis. She started her career at WRNI, Rhode Island’s public radio station, and was a producer for the culture and politics podcast Radio Open Source (now on WBUR), producing interviews with Bill McKibben, Lydia Davis, Jill Lepore, and many others.

As Metropolis’s senior editor, Katie launched the web series National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA)–Nominated and has edited features with topics as varied as how light affects mental health, climate change politics, and affordable senior housing.

Katie is currently based in NYC.

Photograph by Maya Moverman.

Photograph by Maya Moverman.

Personal Essay

I'll Never Eat Perfectly, and Neither Will You (BuzzFeed Reader)

How Food Allergies Took Over My Life (VICE)


As MoMA Prepares For Its Makeover, an Exhibition Asks, “What Is Good Design?” (Metropolis)

Denise Scott Brown’s First Solo Show on U.S. Soil Opens in New York (Metropolis)

The Illuminating Illustrations of W.E.B. Du Bois (Metropolis)

Looking Back at John Portman & Associates’ Westin Bonaventure Hotel (Metropolis)

Fondation Cartier’s Géométries Sud Celebrates Latin American Art and Architecture (Metropolis)

How Architects Fit Into Mental Health Care (Metropolis)

Begüm Cana Özgür Designs for Labor (Metropolis)

NOMA-Nominated Web Series (Metropolis)

Equity at Work

#MeToo Makes It Clear: It’s Time to Rethink the Architecture Prize (Metropolis)

Equity by Design: With Data and Community, a Changing Face of Architecture (Metropolis)

How NOMA Is Helping Architects of Color Shape Our Cities: An Interview with Kimberly Dowdell (Metropolis)

The Architecture Lobby Launches Case Studies of Fair Labor Firms (Metropolis)

Five Takeaways from the AIA’s Guides for Equitable Practice (Metropolis)

One Month Later, the Campaign to Recognize Doriana Fuksas Is Growing (Metropolis)

reporter: 2018 Equity in Architecture Survey Results Announced (Metropolis)

Environment & Science

Honolulu Confronts Climate Change (Newsweek)

When an Endangered Species Endangers a Culture (The Atlantic)

Mosquito Trap Uses Human Scent as Bait (Newsweek)


Design and the Just City in NYC Opens at the Center for Architecture (Metropolis)

Gensler Renovates Roche Dinkeloo’s Landmarked Ford Foundation Headquarters (Metropolis)

How to Design for Seniors When Cities Are Unaffordable (Metropolis)

A Design Lab in Kyoto Analyzes Food to See How Cities Change (Metropolis)

MVRDV Ponders Cities of the Future in PoroCity: Opening Up Solidity (Metropolis)

Interview with NYC Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen (Metropolis) 


Clare de Boer & Jess Shadbolt of King (Milky)

Where Do People With Severe Allergies Go To Dinner? (Bon Appétit)

No Fish Wasted: An Interview with Yuji Haraguchi of Osakana, Yuji Ramen, and Okonomi (Lucky Peach)

New Year's Mochi (Lucky Peach)


Where Chefs Eat (Phaidon, 2018)
Contributing writer

The Underdome Guide to Energy Reform (Princeton Architectural Press, 2015)
Researcher and contributing writer

A University in the Town, the Town as University (Machizukuri Institute of TUS & Obuse, 2014)
Contributing writer

Volume #37: Is This Not a Pipe? (Archis, 2013)
Contributing writer and editor

Podcast & Radio

David Remnick, April 2010 (Radio Open Source, producer)
Bill McKibben, May 2010 (Radio Open Source, producer)
Jill Lepore, October 2010 (Radio Open Source, producer)
Lydia Davis, January 2011 (Radio Open Source, producer)

National Writers Union
Asian American Journalists Association
Newswomen’s Club of New York

Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation
Brown University, Center for Environmental Studies

WSET Level 2 in Wine & Spirits