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. My love for architecture is driven by my interest in people, and how they interact with the built environment. More recently, 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. I have found that 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  an exciting project with a very talented design team at ZGF Architects. 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 Emerging Professional of the Year

2015 Cavin Travel Fellowship Finalist

2008 Donald H. Lutes Memorial Scholarship