Kraft Isono is a multidisciplinary film and architecture studio established in 2013 by Clara Kraft Isono who is an architect, filmmaker and educator.
FILM: Clara is a graduate of the London Film School, where she was the recipient of the Skill Set Bursary. During her studies she received two trophies at The National Student Film Awards, for best drama and directing, for her short Smog. Her graduation film Achele was shortlisted for the One World Media Awards for best Drama and Best UK Short at the Raindance film festival. It also won the Jury Prize at the Puerto Rico International Short Film Festival and screened in competition at New York International Film Festival and the prestigious Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival amongst other festivals around the world. Clara has worked in over 20 independent shorts as a Director, Writer, Producer or Cinematographer. Based in London, UK, she has traveled and worked extensively in India, Japan, Sri Lanka and Europe where she has worked both in film and architecture. Currently she is in postproduction for two documentary features, one about the Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa and another about the Danish architect Jorn Utzon.
ARCHITECTURE: Clara completed her undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in 2000. She is a fully registered and qualified architect. Prior to creating the studio Clara worked for Adams and Sutherland (1997-2000), Romy Khosla Associates (1998), dRMM (2001) and Pedder and Scampton (2003-2006). Architecturally the studio focuses on small scale bespoke interiors and furniture design developed often in collaboration with Satoshi Isono. The projects investigate the possibilities of digital fabrication and materiality with many of its elements fabricated at Grymsdyke Farm in collaboration with Guan Lee.
ACADEMIA: Clara runs Architecture Design Studio Six (ADS6) at the Royal College of Art with Guan Lee and Satoshi Isono since 2013. She was a Senior Lecturer in Architecture at the University of East London (UEL) from 2000-2017. She has taught architecture and/or filmmaking in various institutions including The Bartlett School of Architecture and Westminster University. In the UK she has been a visiting critic at Central Saint Martins, School fo Architecture, Kingston University, School of Architecture and Landscape, Chelsea School of Design, Department of Spatial Design, Cambridge University, Department of Architecture and London Metropolitan University, John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design. Internationally she has led architecture workshops in collaboration with Yildiz Technical University, Faculty of Architecture in Istanbul, Technische Hochschuele Wien, Faculty of Architecture in Vienna and Vantan School of Designin Tokyo, Japan.