Yamasaki architecture returns to Detroit

DETROIT (AP) — A successor firm of famed architect Minoru Yamasaki is coming to Detroit, where the mid-century modernist had worked for more than 40 years.

he Detroit Free Press reports that Yamasaki Inc. is opening an office in Detroit this month.

Yamasaki lived in Detroit from 1945 until his death in 1986. He launched his own firm in 1950, which survived him until 2009 when it closed due to financial problems.

Robert Szantner had worked for Yamasaki starting in 1984, staying at the firm until its closing. He later bought the firm’s intellectual property and name out of receivership.

Yamasaki has contributed dozens of buildings to greater Detroit, but is best remembered as the designer of the World Trade Center twin towers in New York that fell during the 9/11 terror attack.