Yamasaki, Minoru, 1912-1986

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Birth 1912-12-01
Death 1986-02-07

Biographical notes:

Minoru Yamasaki (1912-1986) was an architect from Troy, Mich.

From the description of Minoru Yamasaki interview, [ca. 1959 Aug.] [sound recording]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 78355642

Minoru Yamasaki (1912-1986) was an architect from Detroit, Mich.

From the description of Minoru Yamasaki lecture, 1959 Aug. 13 [sound recording]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79701528

Minoru Yamasaki (1912-1986) was an American architect. Born in Seattle, Washington, he studied at the University of Washington (graduated 1929) and at New York University. He began his career working for Gitchen and Kelly (1935-1937) and teaching watercolor at New York University. In 1937 he moved to Shreve, Lamb and Harmon, designers of the Empire State Building, and then in 1945 he moved to Detroit to work for the firm of Smith, Hinchman, and Gryll. Four years later he became a partner in Limweber, Yamasaki, and Hellmuth and soon after opened his own firm, Yamasaki & Associates, based in Birmingham, Michigan.

Yamasaki's work, which is distinctly modern in tone, includes banks, schools, auditoriums, airport terminals, libraries, conference centers, and consulates. He was the designer of the United States Science Pavilion for the Seattle World's Fair and of the New York World Trade Center Towers 1 and 2, which were destroyed in the September 11, 2001 attacks. Yamasaki was one of the most prominent architects of the 20th century and his firm, Yamasaki & Associates, continues to do business today.

From the guide to the Minoru Yamasaki Papers, 1961-1965, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)


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  • Architecture--United States--20th century
  • Asian American architects--Interviews
  • Architects--Interviews
  • Public buildings
  • Architects
  • Architecture, Modern
  • School buildings
  • Asian American architects
  • Architecture
  • World Trade Center (New York, N.Y.)
  • Architecture, Japanese


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  • Michigan (as recorded)
  • Michigan--Detroit (as recorded)
  • Michigan--Troy (as recorded)