Matthew Akira Okazaki (b. Oakland, California) is an architect based out of Boston, Massachusetts.
Okazaki’s research-based practice investigates 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 the dynamics of power, collective memory, place, and identity.
His current interests involve: stoops in America; crown molding; and Crystal City, Texas: spinach capital of the world and former home of the largest Japanese internment camp during WWII.
Okazaki is founder of the design practice Field Office LLC, and is a principal at Architecture for Public Benefit, an architecture firm serving mission-driven organizations in the local Boston area. He is an active member of the Architecture Lobby, where he is on the Cooperative Network Campaign, and was an invited member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) 2019 Think Tank Committee, a group charged with rethinking the future of licensure. He remains deeply committed to advocating for a more equitable and inclusive model of licensure in the profession.
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, and has previously taught at Northeastern University and Tufts University. Currently, he is a Lecturer in Fine Arts at Brandeis University, where he teaches architecture and design studios.