Minoru Yamasaki

A County Courthouse, November 4, 1933.

Minoru Yamasaki

Design drawing: gouache/watercolor with graphite and ink on paper.

Digital Collection item #ARC0895; URL: http://content.lib.washington.edu/u?/ac,1847

Minoru Yamasaki (1912-1986) is perhaps best known worldwide for designing the World Trade Center. He received his B.Arch from the University of Washington (1934), and continued his studies at New York University while working as an instructor of watercolor painting (1935-6). Yamasaki left New York in 1945 for Detroit, where he worked as Chief Architectural Designer, Smith, Hinchman, and Grylls (1945-49); The firm helped Yamasaki avoid internment as a Japanese-American during World War II, and he himself sheltered his parents in New York City.

He then opened his own practice as Minoru Yamasaki & Associates, Troy, MI (1949-86). Notable works include the United States Consulate in Kobe, Japan (1955); the Unites States Hall of Science Pavilion [now called the Pacific Science Center] for the Seattle World'’s Fair (1962); the IBM building in Seattle (1964); Century Plaza Hotel, (1966), and Century Plaza Towers, Los Angeles (1974); World Trade Center, New York (1974); Rainier Tower [Rainier Bank Tower] Seattle, (1977).