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Taizo Yamamoto

Taizo Yamamoto was born in North Vancouver in 1975, the youngest of three siblings. His parents immigrated to Canada in the 1960s, his mother from East Germany and his father from Japan. Taizo began drawing at an early age, sketching on rolls of trace paper provided by his father, Tomizo, a practicing architect.

Taizo completed an architecture degree at McGill University and interned at Peterson Architects in San Francisco before moving to New York City to work for Schwartz Architects, where he participated in the competition for the redesign of Ground Zero as part of Team THINK with Schwartz Architects, Rafael Vinoly Architects, and Shigeru Ban.

In 2003, Taizo returned to Vancouver to take over his father’s architectural practice, and resumed drawing, beginning with the Shopping Cart series. His artwork has since appeared in numerous national and international publications and exhibitions, and Yamamoto Architecture has grown from a staff of three to over thirty. Taizo lives in East Vancouver with his wife, who is a furniture designer, and their cat.

Taizo Yamamoto