Minoru Yamasaki arching sculpture in Seattle.

World-famous architect Minoru Yamasaki (1912–1986) is known in Seattle for designing three iconic buildings: the Pacific Science Center, the IBM Building, and the Rainier Tower. But there is much more to his complex and consequential relationship with the city of his birth.

Professor Paul Kidder will explore Yamasaki’s University of Washington training, his influence on local architectural styles, his battle with preservationists, and the relationship between his Seattle buildings and his New York World Trade Center design.

History Café is produced as a partnership between MOHAI and HistoryLink. Join MOHAI and HistoryLink on the third Wednesday of the month for a discussion about local history—both popular and obscure—and discover something new.

Detailed information on how to participate will be provided via email following your registration.