Maurice Yamasato, AIA


Principal Architect

Design Philosphy

“Design is a universal language. Dignified or dynamic, classic or contemporary, sophisticated or simple, it inspires the places we live, work and play. It calls forth our personal experience and connection to one another, wherever we are in the world.”

Education

  • Kapaa High School, Kauai, 1960
  • California State Polytechnic College, San Luis Obispo, California
  • University of Hawaii, Honolulu 1966, Bachelor in Architecture

Military Service

  • U.S. Army Reserves, 411th BN Engineers, 1966 – 1972

Travels

  • United States (East and West Coasts)
  • Japan
  • Okinawa
  • Guam
  • Wake Island
  • Philippines
  • Saipan
  • Diego Garcia
  • Singapore
  • Korea
  • Peru
  • Brazil
  • Argentina
  • Europe
  • Morocco
  • Dubai

Work Experience

2011 – Present YFH Architects, Inc.
Chairman/Treasurer

1987 – 2011 Yamasato, Fujiwara, Higa & Associates, Inc.
President

1973 – 1987 Maurice H. Yamasato, AIA & Associates
Sole Proprietor

Community Affairs

Boy Scouts of America, Aloha Council
Board of Directors, 2001 to Present

Hawaii United Okinawan Association
President, 1988 – Advisor, Present

Hawaii Okinawan Center
Trustee, 1991 to 1993

Liberty Bank
Board of Directors, 1989 to 1994

City Bank
Board of Directors, 1998 to 2004

Central Pacific Bank
Board of Directors, 2004 to 2011

Honolulu Board of Water Supply
Vice Chairman & Commission Member, 1989 to 1998

University of Hawaii
President’s Club

Mid-Pacific Country Club

Hui Makaala
President, 1994 to 1995

State Commission on Factory-Built Housing, 1984

Dole Intermediate School Advisory Council

Hawaii Society American Institute of Architects
Board of Directors, 1977 to 1979