Yutaka Sho’s research and practice investigate the roles of architecture in the global development industry and in post-atrocity reconciliation and rebuilding processes. Sho has practiced, researched and taught in the U.S., Rwanda and Japan.
Sho is a partner and co-founder of nonprofit architecture firm General Architecture Collaborative (GAC) that works with underrepresented communities to build aesthetically engaging spaces while using the construction sites for end-user training. GAC’s work includes self-build homes funded by the 2012 Arnold Brunner Grant, which received the 2014 EDRA Great Places Award; the Masoro Health Center, which was recognized by AIA Virginia, Dezeen, Architizer, SARA NY and Architecture Masterprize in 2020; and the Masoro Learning and Sports Center in 2021, which has been recognized by SARA NY, ArchDaily, Dezeen and Architizer. GAC is currently working on the masterplan and design of 22-acre campus for Kigali International Community School, Rwanda Housing Project to survey and document 370 rural homes with architecture students from University of Rwanda and Syracuse, among others. GAC was the recipient of Best of Practice Award for Architect (Small Firm) in the Northeast by The Architect’s Newspaper in 2021 and was named the Game Changers by Metropolis magazine in 2020.