Saying Goodbye to a Friend and Colleague

Last week brought the delivery of some very sad news. We have had to say goodbye to one of NESAD’s talented and respected instructors, Tommy Yamamoto, who lost his brief battle with cancer just days ago. We are deeply saddened by this loss.

In addition to his 20 plus years teaching at NESAD, he was also a world-renowed architectural illustrator, and maintained a practice serving as a design consultant to clients around the globe. Tommy was also a charter member of the American Society of Architectural Illustrators (ASAI) and has work published in many books.

In the words of friend and fellow instructor, Jeanne Kopacz, “Tommy Yamamoto was one of those people you wanted to be around in the hope that his positive energy would rub off. As talented as he was, he did not present himself as a master. As effective he was as a teacher, he did not profess to be an authority. He simply shared what he had learned by experience, so that the rest of us might learn. I will miss his friendly conversation, his generosity and his occasionally mischevious smile.”

Tommy touched so many lives, and will be greatly missed by his students, colleagues, friends and family.

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