Shigeru Yamaki has had a forty-year career working as an architect for the Japanese design/build firm Taisei Corporation, among which twelve years were international appointments including one-year-internship at CRS Sirrine in Houston TX, Taisei Los Angeles Office, Kuala Lumpur International Airport Design/Build Project Office & Taisei Dubai Office. He was also involved in projects in Japan collaborating with foreign architects, such as Saitama Super Arena and JR Central Towers in Nagoya.
Born in Tokyo and spent his elementary school years in New York, Shigeru graduated from the University of Tokyo with a Bachelor and Master of Engineering in Architecture after returning to Japan. Other educational positions include Research Associate at the School of Environmental Design, UC Berkeley.
Shigeru holds a National Guide License and leads architectural tours for foreigners as well as guiding Japanese visitors at the 1909 Neo-Baroque Style National Guesthouse. Shigeru was a contributing-translator (from Japanese to English) of the catalog for the 2018 exhibit ‘Japan in Architecture’ in Tokyo.
Since living in the Kansai area as a teenager, Shigeru enjoys visiting temples and gardens especially in the ancient capitals of Nara and Kyoto. Lately, he is keen on traditional art such as Noh and Kabuki performances, and Ukiyo-e wood prints, and would be happy to share an introduction to Japanese culture.