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Male, US, born 1912-01-12, died 1986-02

Associated with the firm network

Yamasaki, Minoru, and Associates

Professional History


Draftsman, Githens and Keally, New York, NY, 1935-1937; Designer, Shreve, Lamb and Harmon, Architects, New York, NY, 1937-1943; Designer, Harrison and Fouilhoux, Architects, New York, NY, 1943-1944; Designer, Raymond Loewy Associates, New York, NY, 1944-1945; Chief Architectural Designer, Smith, Hinchman and Grylls, Detroit, MI, 1945-1949; Principal, Minoru Yamasaki and Associates, Troy, MI, 1949-1986; Partner, Yamasaki, [Joseph] Leinweber and Associates, Detroit, MI, 1949-1955; Partner, Leinweber, Yamasaki and Helmmuth, Saint Louis, MO, 1949-1955;


Instructor of Water Color, New York University, New York, NY, 1935-1936; Instructor of Architectural Design, Columbia University, New York, NY, 1943-1945.

Professional Awards

Alumnus Summa Laude Dignatus Award, University of Washington, Seattle, 1960.


The Syracuse University Library, Special Collections Research Center, has a small collection of Minoru Yamasaki's papers (.5 linear feet), covering the years 1961-1965; they are described as: "Papers of the artist, architect. Includes project files with photographs and working papers, undated manuscripts, and other material. Projects include Dhahran Air Terminal in Saudi Arabia, the United States Pavilion at the World's Fair in Seattle, Washington, and the World Trade Center in New York City."

The University of Washington Libraries Special Collection Division holds five student drawings by Yamasaki. They include: 1.) Gateway to an artillery school (Sophomore, 1931); 2.) Planetarium and aquarium (Senior, 1932-1933); 3.) American Embassy in Soviet Russia (5thyear, 1933-1934); 4.) Architecture Building for the University of Washington (5thyear, 1934); 5.) County Courthouse (5thyear, 1933).



B.Arch., University of Washington, Seattle, 1930-1934. Coursework, New York University, New York, NY, 1934.



His father was also named Minoru Yamasaki, born 01/06/1893 in Japan; in 10/12/1918, Yamasaki had a permanent residence in Seattle, WA, but worked as a laborer in Port Angeles, WA. His father's nearest relative at the time was Yasaburo Yamasaki, who resided at that time in New York, NY.


He married Teruko Hirashiki of Los Angeles, CA, on 12/05/1941.


Yamasaki had three children: Carol, Taro, and KIm.

Biographical Notes

On 12/05/1956 Minoru Yamasaki returned to Seattle, WA, from Tokyo, Japan on Northwest Airlines Flight 174V.

Associated Locations

  • Seattle, WA (Architect's Birth)
    Seattle, WA

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