my story

Makoto Shibuya


I was born to a Japanese father, and American mother, in Alexandria, VA. A few years later, we moved to Japan and went back and forth a few times before settling in Sapporo, Japan, where I attended a small international school rich in culture. I feel fortunate to have grown up in a multicultural environment, and believe it has played a vital role in shaping who I am today.

Sports were always my outlet until I discovered my love for Architecture, and it didn’t take long for it to consume me. Over time I have discovered that a lot of what I love about architecture is the opportunity to create. I love to create, and I am driven by the ongoing challenges and problem solving involved in creating. The anxiety of the unknown that is present at the beginning of every project fuels me to a design solution. I have learned to believe in process as that is the only constant. The creative problem solving I developed through studying and practicing Architecture has many applications, and through some adversity, I have realized I can make a greater contribution to this world through a business than I could ever do on my own.

Today, I live in Portland, OR, after graduating from the University of Oregon School of Architecture. Currently, I am working on several exciting projects. I still try to stay active, but now balance all the things I love to do. I always enjoy discovering new ventures, and getting exposed to new things so don’t hesitate to reach out!

Architectural Honors and Awards:

2016 Cavin Travel Fellowship Finalist

2015 AIA Portland Emerging Professional of the Year

2015 Cavin Travel Fellowship Finalist

2009 Architectural Thesis Archival (University of Oregon)

2008 Donald H. Lutes Memorial Scholarship


Yanko Design – Stay

Tuvie – Stay

Trend Hunter – Stay


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