Embarcadero Marina Park - Photo by Charles Birnbaum, 2011

Joseph Y. Yamada Oral History

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This Pioneers Oral History with Joseph Yamada, who influenced the San Diego area's landscape for more than 50 years, features 25 separate clips that cover his life, design philosophy and projects.

His modernist practice with Harriet Wimmer, the first commercial practicing woman landscape architect in San Diego, and later with Pat Caughey and others, created innovative design solutions for a wide range of still very influential projects.  

Oral History Framework

Video Clips are divided into three categories: BIOGRAPHY, DESIGN, and PROJECTS. 

Each clip is between 2 and 5 minutes long.

Interview: Joseph Yamada was interviewed on July 18-20, 2011 by Charles A. Birnbaum in and around San Diego. 

Joseph Y. Yamada Oral History Transcript


Reflections: In a practice which spanned more than fifty years Joseph Yamada has shaped the San Diego landscape. The Cultural Landscape Foundation contacted former associates, colleagues and family to share their stories. 

Joseph Y. Yamada Reflections


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