Yamasaki, Minoru, 1912-1986

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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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referencedIn Emery Roth & Sons architectural records and papers, 1906-1996, (bulk 1951-1994) Columbia University. Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library. Dept. of Drawings & Archives,
creatorOf Yamasaki, Minoru, 1912-1986. Minoru Yamasaki lecture, 1959 Aug. 13 [sound recording]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Haskell, Douglas Putnam, 1899-1979. Douglas Putnam Haskell papers, Series II: Personal correspondence, 1922-1979 (bulk 1940-1970). Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Minoru Yamasaki Papers, 1961-1965 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
creatorOf Yamasaki, Minoru, 1912-. The World Trade Center [model]. Centre canadien d'architecture, | Canadian Centre for Architecture | CCA
creatorOf Michaels, Glen, 1927-. Glen Michaels papers, 1953-1973. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf World Trade Center, New York City [model]. Centre canadien d'architecture, | Canadian Centre for Architecture | CCA
referencedIn Butler University. Archives. Irwin Library. Butler University Libraries
creatorOf Nivola, Costantino, 1911-1988. Costantino Nivola papers, circa 1938-2003. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Boym Design Studio. The World Trade Center, Feb. 26, 1993 [model]. Centre canadien d'architecture, | Canadian Centre for Architecture | CCA
creatorOf Hoffman Collection. World Trade Center, New York City, USA [model]. Centre canadien d'architecture, | Canadian Centre for Architecture | CCA
creatorOf Boym Design Studio. The World Trade Center, Sept. 11, 2001 [model]. Centre canadien d'architecture, | Canadian Centre for Architecture | CCA
creatorOf Mies van der Rohe, Ludwig, 1886-1969. Ludwig Mies van der Rohe collection, 1929-1969. Aurora University, Phillips Library
referencedIn Proskauer, Henry G., 1915-. Research files on architecture, ca. 1940-1970. Getty Research Institute
creatorOf New York World Trade Center, 1973-2001 [model]. Centre canadien d'architecture, | Canadian Centre for Architecture | CCA
referencedIn Lippincott, Inc. [Lippincott, Inc. photographs], 1968-1977 and [undated]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Guide to the Angus K. Gillespie Papers, ca. 1979-2002 Rutgers University Libraries. Special Collections and University Archives.
creatorOf Records of the Public Housing Administration. 1895 - 1967. Records Relating to the Pruitt-Igoe Housing Projects
creatorOf Emery Roth & Sons. Emery Roth & Sons architectural records and papers, 1906-1996 (bulk 1951-1994). Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Transcripts and Photographs from the John Peter Collection, circa 1951-1995, and undated Recorded Sound Reference Center, Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division Library of Congress
creatorOf Yamasaki, Minoru, 1912-1986,. Minoru Yamasaki interview, [ca. 1959 Aug.] [sound recording]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Peter, John, 1917-1998. Transcripts and photographs from the John Peter collection, 1951-1995. Library of Congress
referencedIn Molitor, Joseph W. Joseph W. Molitor architectural photographs, 1935-1985 (bulk 1946-1980). Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Nivola, Costantino, 1911-1988. Costantino Nivola papers, 1938-1979. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Yamasaki, Minoru, 1912-1986. Artist file. Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives
creatorOf YAMASAKI, MINORU. Artist file : miscellaneous uncataloged material. Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
referencedIn Yamasaki, Minoru : [miscellaneous ephemeral material]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
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associatedWith Butler University. Archives. corporateBody
associatedWith Detroit Institute of Arts. corporateBody
associatedWith Emery Roth & Sons. corporateBody
associatedWith Emery Roth & Sons. corporateBody
associatedWith Gillespie, Angus K., 1942- person
associatedWith Harriman, Virginia, person
associatedWith Haskell, Douglas Putnam, 1899-1979. person
associatedWith Lippincott, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Michaels, Glen, 1927- person
associatedWith Mies van der Rohe, Ludwig, 1886-1969. person
associatedWith Molitor, Joseph W. person
associatedWith Nivola, Costantino, 1911-1988. person
associatedWith Oberlin College. Conservatory of Music. corporateBody
associatedWith Peter, John, 1917-1998. person
associatedWith Proskauer, Henry G., 1915- person
associatedWith Yamasaki & Associates. corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
Michigan
Michigan--Detroit
Michigan--Troy
Subject
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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Architect
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Birth 1912-12-01

Death 1986-02-07

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