International Architect Minoru Yamasaki’s Impact on the Wayne State Campus

Reuther Library archivist Shae Rafferty discusses the career of Minoru Yamasaki, renown architect of the original World Trade Center, the Dhahran International Airport in Saudi Arabia, and many buildings in the metropolitan Detroit area. University archivist Alison Stankrauff shares the history and design of four Yamasaki buildings on the campus of Wayne State University in Detroit.

Related Collections:

Minoru Yamasaki Papers

Wayne State University Office of the President Clarence B. Hilberry Records

Wayne State University Office of the President William Rea Keast Records

Wayne State University College of Education Building Committee Records

Collection Spotlight: Minoru Yamasaki’s Campus Buildings



Wayne State University – Events

Wayne State University – Places

Virtual Motor City


Episode Credits

Producers: Dan Golodner and Troy Eller English

Host: Dan Golodner

Interviewees: Shae Rafferty and Alison Stankrauff

Sound: Troy Eller English

With support from the Reuther Podcast Collective: Bart Bealmear, Elizabeth Clemens, Meghan Courtney, Troy Eller English, Dan Golodner, Paul Neirink, and Mary Wallace

One thought on “International Architect Minoru Yamasaki’s Impact on the Wayne State Campus

  1. Hello! I just spent a few minutes and listed to your podcast on the Yamasaki buildings at WSU. Very nice! You may not know but there has actually been an effort underway for the past 8-10 years to better research and document the Modern movement in Michigan from the 1950s-1970s, of which Yamasaki was a very important part. Called Michigan Modern, the project provides information about the architects and buildings, and shares tours, events, and even real estate listings for modern resources around the state. (Yep, there’s definitely a Wayne State Modern walking tour). About 8-9 years ago, one of Michigan Modern’s first projects was to have the McGregor Conference Center listed on the National Register of Historic Places, to fully document its architecture and Yamasaki’s significance. It was later elevated to National Historic Landmark status in 2015. I’m going to work to get your podcast linked up to Michigan Modern’s list of web links and our social media to increase your exposure. Until then, take a look around at or find us on Facebook and Twitter. Great podcast!

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