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Matthew Akira Okazaki (b. Oakland, California) is an architect, artist, and educator based out of Boston, Massachusetts.

Okazaki’s research interests lie in the spaces of the in-between: territories of ambiguous identity, cultural thresholds, and sites of convergent histories. Through the lens of architecture and the built environment, his work examines ideas of authorship, collective memory, place, and identity. His current interests involve: Big Box Architecture; stoops; crown molding; and Crystal City, Texas: spinach capital of the world and former home of the largest Japanese internment camp during WWII.

Okazaki runs the design practice Field Office LLC, and is a partner at Architecture for Public Benefit, an architecture firm serving mission-driven organizations in the local Boston area. Alongside his practice, he remains deeply committed to advocating for a more equitable and inclusive model of licensure in the profession. He is an active member of the Architecture Lobby, where he is on the Cooperative Network Campaign, was an invited member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) 2019 Think Tank Committee, and is currently on NCARB’s Examination Committee, which oversees initiatives related to the development of the ARE licensing exam.

Okazaki holds a Master of Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design with commendation and a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics from UCLA. Prior to starting his own practice, he worked at the offices of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, Envelope A+D, MKThink, and Morphosis. He currently teaches architecture and design studios at Northeastern and Tufts University, and has held previous teaching positions at Brandeis University and Harvard University’s Design Discovery.

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