my story

Makoto Shibuya


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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.

I grew up very involved in sports 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, as construction is booming, 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

2008 Donald H. Lutes Memorial Scholarship