MATTHEW AKIRA OKAZAKI
(b. Oakland, California)

Okazaki’s work centers around a creative practice of “making do.” Through the specific selection of sites, materials, archives, artifacts, images, and construction techniques, Okazaki embraces the ordinary and readily available in the hopes of uncovering and constructing new meanings and modes of understanding in our everyday lives. Privileging tactics over strategies, his work explores ideas of authorship, memory, identity, and heritage to amplify stories less told.

His research, writing, and projects have been featured in publications such as the Journal of Architectural Education andThe Boston Art Review, and in galleries including Pao Arts Center, Gallery 263, and Galatea Fine Art. His outdoor work has been exhibited at the Boston Public Library, the Charlestown Navy Yard, and in Cambridge, MA’s Central Square. In 2023, his outdoor installations for the Boston Public Library (in partnership with Chana Haouzi for Architecture for Public Benefit) received two American Institute of Architects Design Excellence Awards, including the Roberta Feldman Architecture for Social Justice Award.

Okazaki’s work has been supported by the the Boston Public Art Triennial, The City of Boston, the Cambridge Arts Council, the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics (MONUM), Boston Public Library,  Densho, the Wagner Foundation, and The Society of Architectural Historians.

His upcoming project, TORII, is part of the City of Boston’s “Un-monument | Re-monument | De-Monument: Transforming Boston," a program of temporary artworks, public talks, and engagement activities supported by the Mellon Foundation’s Monument Project.

Okazaki is founder of the design practice Field Office LLC, and a Principal at Architecture for Public Benefit, a benefit corporation providing design services for non-profit and mission-driven organizations in Greater Boston. He received a Master of Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics from UCLA.

He is a Professor of Practice in the History of Art and Architecture at Tufts University.