Brian Yamagata

Brian Yamagata

San Diego, CA, US



My name is Brian Yamagata. I am an Architectural Designer and Visualizer. 

A little about myself:

I was born and raised in Citrus Heights, CA which prior to its establishment of a city in 1997, was a suburban town of Sacramento.

I received my Bachelors of Arts in Art History from Oregon State University, and my Masters of Architecture from the University of Michigan's Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning in 2010.

My enthusiasm for all things architecture and technology is due to my passion for both the built environment as well as my upbringing as a gamer and technophile. From Legos and Transformers to buildings and mobile devices, I have always had a connection with the way things are built and the manner in which we interact with objects.

My experience as an architectural designer has thus far been capitalized by the fact that the possibilities are endless. Though at times things tend to be mundane (as many professionals will contest), the mere fact that I am able to surround myself with such amazing talents and inspirations keeps me motivated and looking ahead. I find myself in awe over something or someone new almost daily, and to this I attribute my fanaticism for architecture and technology. This field is definitely at a high point right now, despite the economic hardships we face. So many architects, designers, engineers, developers and the like are trying new things; taking risks, and in turn rewarding us, the inhabitants, with the most relevant and intellectual artifacts of our time.



Golba Architecture, Inc., San Diego, Project Manager

Jun 2013 - current

Independant Consultant, Birmingham, MI, US, Architectural Designer

I provide architectural design services and consultation to a variety of organizations. I have worked with architectural firms which required a range of products including: conceptual design, programming, architectural visualizations, and presentation materials for client and public meetings.

I am also currently working with a Detroit millwork company which requires contract documents to be produced. I provide design and layout solutions for millwork items and ensure that the documents are accurate and comply to architectural specifications. I have thus far completed CDs for restaurants, bars, hospitality facilities and the Detroit Cobo Center.

Mar 2012 - Jun 2013

Wold Architects and Engineers, Royal Oak, MI, US, Intern Architect

developed preliminary designs for K-12 school renovations and additions. prepared detail drawings, construction documents, and specifications for project submittals. assisted a project manager with tasks including shop drawing review, project bidding and administration.
obtained working knowledge of the professional architecture culture including inner-office relations, resource utilization and client/customer correspondence.

Oct 2010 - Sep 2011

The Collaborative, Toledo, OH, US, Co-Op Architect

assisted architects and project managers with schematic and conceptual design of projects including commercial, educational and civic. prepared schedules and details for working construction sets. aided in the LEED documentation process for the Huntington Center (Lucas County Arena) in Toledo, OH.

Jun 2008 - Aug 2008


University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, US, MArch, A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

Jun 2007 - May 2010

Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, US, Bachelors, Art History

Aug 2003 - Jun 2007


University of Michigan Continuing Merit Scholarship, Scholarship


Leonard G. Siegal Scholarship, Scholarship


Areas of Specialization