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Yamasaki, Minoru

Minuro Yamasaki (1912 – 1986)

Minoru Yamasaki was an American architect best known for his design of the twin towers of the World Trade Center. Yamasaki was one of the most prominent architects of the 20th century and his firm, Yamasaki & Associates, continues to do business. He mainly worked with his fellow architect Edward Durell Stone.

Yamasaki, born in Seattle, Washington, was a second-generation Japanese American. He enrolled in the University of Washington program in architecture in 1929, and graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture in 1934.

After moving to New York City in the 1930s, he enrolled at New York University for a master's degree in architecture and got a job with the architecture firm Shreve, Lamb and Harmon, designers of the Empire State Building. In 1945, Yamasaki moved to Detroit, where he was hired by Smith, Hinchman, and Grylls. Yamasaki left the firm in 1949, and started his own partnership.


Structures designed by Minoru Yamasaki

100 Washington Square, Minneapolis, Bank of Oklahoma, Tulsa, Oklahoma, Behavioral Sciences Building - Harvard University, Carleton College buildings: Olin Hall of Science 1961, Goodhue Dormitory, West Gym, Cowling Rec Center, Watson Hall and 4th Floor addition to Myers Hall, Century Plaza Towers, Los Angeles, Columbia Center, Troy, Michigan, Daniell Heights married student housing, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Michigan, Dhahran International Airport - Civil Air Terminal, Eastern Airlines Terminal, (Logan Airport Terminal A) Boston, Massachusetts, Eastern Province International Airport, Saudi Arabia, Education Building, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond , Richmond, Virginia, Federal Science Pavilion, Century 21 (Seattle World's Fair), Seattle, Founder's Hall, Shinji Shumeikai, Shiga Prefecture, Japan, Gratiot Urban Redevelopment Project, Detroit, Michigan, Helen L. DeRoy Auditorium Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, Horace Mann Educators Insurance Co., Springfield, Illinois, IBM Building, Seattle, Washington, Irwin Library, Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana, Japan Center, San Francisco, California, John Marshall Middle School, Westland, Michigan, King Building, Oberlin College, Lambert-St. Louis International Airport,  M&T Bank Center, Buffalo, McGregor Memorial Conference Center, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan Consolidated Gas Co., Detroit, Michigan, Michigan State Medical Society Building, East Lansing, Michigan, Military Personnel Records Center, St. Louis, Missouri, Montgomery Ward Corporate Headquarters Tower, Chicago, Illinois, North Shore Congregation Israel, Glencoe,Illinois, Northwestern National Life Insurance Co., Minneapolis, Minnesota, Oberlin Conservatory of Music Oberlin College, Pahlavi University in Shiraz, Iran, Performing Arts Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma, Pruitt-Igoe housing project, St. Louis, Missouri, Queen Emma Gardens, Honolulu, Quo Vadis Entertainment Center, Westland, Michigan, Rainier Bank Tower, Seattle, Washington, Reynolds Metals Regional Sales Office, Southfield, Michigan, Robertson Hall, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs,Princeton University, Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency Head Office, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Steinman College Center, Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Temple Beth El (Detroit, Michigan), Torre Picasso, Madrid, Spain, One Government Center, Toledo, Ohio, United States Consulate in Kobe, Japan, United States Pavilion, World Agricultural Fair, New Delhi, India, University School, Grosse Pointe,Michigan, Wascana Centre and the University of Regina, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, World Trade Center Tower 1 and Tower 2, New York City, New York.