1964 Horatio Alger Award Winner
"Follow your dreams wherever they take you."
Minoru Yamasaki was born in 1912 in Seattle, Washington. He worked five summers in an Alaskan salmon cannery to earn his tuition to the University of Washington. In 1934, he earned a master's degree in architecture at New York University, and then worked for the architecture firm that designed the Empire State Building. In 1951, he and two colleagues formed a firm and designed the Lambert-St. Louis Municipal Air Terminal, which set the standard for a number of airport buildings designed by top architects around the country. The U. S. State Department commissioned him to build a new consulate in Kobe, Japan. In the years to come, his services were much in demand. Yamasaki is best known for building the Port Authority's $270 million World Trade Center. It took seven years to complete and was destroyed by terrorists on September 11, 2001.* Deceased