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The ninety-one year old Obata gives a tour of the home and then covers his life story: his childhood in San Francisco as the son of two artists; his family's wartime incarceration; leaving the coast to attend Washington University in St. Louis and Cranbrook Academy of Art; beginning his architectural career with Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill in Chicago; coming back to St. Louis to work for fellow Nisei <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Minoru_Yamasaki\" title=\"Minoru Yamasaki\">Minoru Yamasaki</a>, taking over his St. Louis office when Yamasaki fell ill; starting Hellmuth, Obata &amp; Kassbaum (HOK); and HOK's rise to international prominence including visits to the St. Louis Abbey (1955) their first major commission, the National Air and Space Museum at the Smithsonian Institution (1976), Camden Yards (1992), and the <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Japanese_American_National_Museum\" title=\"Japanese American National Museum\">Japanese American National Museum</a> (JANM) (2000). The film ends with a profile of Obata's family, including his four children, all of whom enter artistic fields. Obata's recollections are augmented by narration, historic photographs, and comic book-like illustrations and animations.\n</p><p>Though Obata himself did not go to a concentration camp during World War II—through his father's connections as a University of California professor, he was able get clearance to leave for St. Louis just prior to the roundup—his family was incarcerated, first at <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Tanforan_(detention_facility)\" title=\"Tanforan (detention facility)\">Tanforan Assembly Center</a>, then at <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Topaz\" title=\"Topaz\">Topaz</a>. The film discusses his father <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Chiura_Obata\" title=\"Chiura Obata\">Chiura Obata</a> setting up art schools at both camps and Chiura being assaulted by fellow inmates at Topaz. It also includes many samples of Chiura's artistic renderings of his incarceration. We also learn more about the conditions in the camps through a visit to JANM.\n</p><p><i>Designing the Path</i> was one of several films on aspects of the Japanese American experience produced and funded by Nitto Tires in the 2010s.\n</p>\n<div id=\"authorByline\"><b>Authored by <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Brian_Niiya\" title=\"Brian Niiya\">Brian Niiya</a>, Densho</b></div>\n<div id=\"citationAuthor\" style=\"display:none;\">Niiya, Brian</div>\n<p>Might also like <i><a class=\"mw-redirect encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Journey_to_Washington:_On_the_Trail_of_Senator_Daniel_Inouye_Japanese_American_Pioneer\" title=\"Journey to Washington: On the Trail of Senator Daniel Inouye Japanese American Pioneer\">Journey to Washington: On the Trail of Senator Daniel Inouye Japanese American Pioneer</a></i> (2013); <i><a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/You_Don%27t_Know_Jack:_The_Jack_Soo_Story_(film)\" title=\"You Don't Know Jack: The Jack Soo Story (film)\">You Don't Know Jack: The Jack Soo Story</a></i> (2009); <i><a class=\"encyc rg\" href=\"/wiki/Ruth_Asawa:_Of_Forms_and_Growth_(film)\" title=\"Ruth Asawa: Of Forms and Growth (film)\">Ruth Asawa: Of Forms and Growth</a></i> (1978)\n</p>\n<!-- \nNewPP limit report\nCPU time usage: 0.104 seconds\nReal time usage: 0.106 seconds\nPreprocessor visited node count: 348/1000000\nPreprocessor generated node count: 2587/1000000\nPost‐expand include size: 7300/2097152 bytes\nTemplate argument size: 1986/2097152 bytes\nHighest expansion depth: 3/40\nExpensive parser function count: 0/100\nExtLoops count: 0/100\n-->\n<!-- Saved in parser cache with key mediawiki:pcache:idhash:3792-0!*!0!*!*!5!* and timestamp 20180309150431 and revision id 28419\n -->\n<div class=\"toplink\"><a href=\"#top\"><i class=\"icon-chevron-up\"></i> Top</a></div></body></html>",
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