Don Hisaka Interview, 15 May 2007

Don Hisaka, the son of Japanese immigrants, grew up on a California farm before leaving to study architecture at Berkeley and Harvard. Arriving in Cleveland in the early 1960s, he eventually started his own architecture firm, designing such buildings as Cleveland State University's University Center and the glass atrium in Thwing Hall on the Case Western Reserve University Campus. In this 2007 interview, conducted over the telephone, Hisaka describes his recollections of architecture and design in Cleveland - particularly on Euclid Avenue in the 1960s and 1970s - and gives his opinion on current city planning projects. He also suggests areas of the city which could presently be put to better use.

~ “Don Hisaka Interview, 15 May 2007,” Cleveland Voices, accessed February 21, 2019,

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