Kiyoshi Yamazaki

Mr. Yamazaki joined the ESC in 2006. He is an urban designer, planner and planning technology specialist. He has worked with planners, architects, engineers to develop master plans for places in cities including New York City, NY, Yonkers, NY and Amherst, NY. Yamazaki has extensive experience with GIS and 3D modeling applications. He is proficient in AutoCAD, 3D Studio Max, SketchUp and ArcGIS among other applications.

Yamazaki has prepared and presented a number of decision supporting materials for public agencies, community-based organizations, and for-profit and not-for-profit developers. He uses various kinds of visualization techniques including real-time simulation, photosimulation, and thematic and analytical GIS maps. He also invents innovative ways of using existing applications to communicate complex urban planning/design issues. Works he produced are used in workshops and public meetings to facilitate participatory design and decision making processes. In 2008, a study he participated as a 3D visualization specialist for Town of Barrington, RI was awarded the Smart Growth / Healthy Community Award from APA Rhode Island Chapter.

Yamazaki also provides planning technology needs assessment and training services to a wide range of clients including, public and not-for-profit agencies, educational institutions as well as private design companies. The clients include Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission and Scenic Hudson, a not-for-profit organization located in Poughkeepsie, NY. In 2007, Yamazaki presented an overview of emerging computer technologies in the field of urban planning. In the presentation, he demonstrated the use of CommunityViz planning support system, SketchUp and how to integrate them to produce urban simulations. Yamazaki is currently responsible for expanding this planning technology training program.

Yamazaki earned an undergraduate degree from Nihon University in Japan. He focused his study on people-centered development and sustainable development throughout the world. In January 2001, he was awarded a school sponsored exchange program and spent one year in the USA as a school representative. In March 2003, he completed his bachelor's thesis titled "International Development Aid in the 21st Century" and received a Bachelor's Degree in International Relations.
After graduation, he worked for an architecture firm in Shizuoka, Japan developing construction management skills and computer technology skills such as Web development and 3D modeling.

In 2004, he returned to the USA and enrolled in the Master of Urban Planning program at the School of Architecture and Planning at the University at Buffalo, NY. In 2005, he was awarded the Jamal Fellowship for Excellence in International Planning. In May 2006, he completed his master's thesis titled "Main Street Transit Corridor Study: Challenges and Potential to Build a Sustainable and Livable Region" and received a Master of Urban Planning with specializations in Urban Design and GIS & Planning Technologies.

After the graduation, he worked as a research assistant at the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA) in Amherst, NY, developing a queriable 3D GIS model of the City of Buffalo for the 3D Buffalo Project.

Kiyoshi Yamazaki Research Associate,  Environmental Simulation Center

Kiyoshi Yamazaki

Research Associate, Environmental Simulation Center

New York, New York, United States

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