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Yamasaki Study Tour

As part of the doctoral program activities, we have begun hosting day-long study tours in the Detroit area showcasing significant works of architecture in the region. I'd like to invite you to participate in the upcoming tour featuring the work of Japanese American architect Minoru Yamasaki (1912-1986), perhaps best known for the St. Louis Air Terminal (1956), Pruitt-Igoe Public Housing (1954), and the World Trade Center (1971). Yamasaki was a Detroit-based architect, and as a result, we have a wealth of projects within easy striking distance of Ann Arbor. Attached you will find a detailed itinerary for the day, which is also outlined here:

8:00 depart A + A
9:00 tour of Temple Beth-El, Bloomfield Hills
11:00 tour of Wayne State Campus buildings, including the College of Education, McGregor Conference Center, Helen DeRoy Auditorium and the Prentis Building
13:00 lunch at Wasabi Korean and Japanese
14:15 visit lobby and exterior of One Woodward/Michigan Consolidated Gas
16:00 arrive back in Ann Arbor

We have been successful in gaining interior access to all projects, which ranges from full tours to shorter visits to interior public spaces. Participants will also receive a packet of materials that give brief histories of each project, along with selected press coverage of Minoru Yamasaki and these particular projects.

We have a few fully-funded spots left on the tour, including lunch. If you're interested, please reply to jossk@umich.edu by Wednesday March 26th at midnight.

We hope you will join us!