Learn more about the life and legacy of Minoru Yamasaki, the architect who designed Pacific Science Center at this all-ages event at the Seattle Public Library. 

Minoru Yamasaki described the feeling he sought to create in his buildings as “serenity, surprise, and delight.” In her new picture book Shapes, Lines, and Light, Minoru’s granddaughter, Katie Yamasaki charts his life and work: his childhood in Seattle’s Japanese immigrant community, paying his way through college working in Alaska’s notorious salmon canneries, his success in architectural school, and the transformative structures he imagined and built. A Japanese American man who faced brutal anti-Asian racism in post–World War II America and an outsider to the architectural establishment, he nonetheless left his mark on the world, from the American Midwest to New York City, Asia, and the Middle East.

The event is presented by the Seattle Public Library in partnership with Densho and Elliott Bay Book Company.