Gyo Obata

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Birthday
28, 1923
Birthplace
California
Birth Sign
Pisces
Birthday
28, 1923 (age 96)
Birthplace
California

About

Designer of the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., the McDonnell Planetarium at the Saint Louis Science Center, and the Independence Temple of the Community of Christ church. Co-founded international architectural firm HOK.

Before Fame

He was almost interned with his family during World War II for being Japanese, but he was able to beat the oppression by enrolling in the architectural program at Washington University in St. Louis, which was the only United States university accepting Japanese nationals at that time. He then studied architecture and urban design at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan.

Trivia

His work included the Houston Galleria in Texas and the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles.

Family Life

His father was Japanese painter Chiura Obata. He was raised in San Francisco.

Associated With

He studied under Eero Saarinen while at Cranbrook Academy of Art.