Originally from Kyoto, Japan, Taiji Miyasaka is a professor in the School of Design and Construction at Washington State University. He explores the interplay between light and darkness through installations and various media. Miyasaka’s works are inspired by the materials and space of existing vernacular structures, as well as the contrast between the landscape in Eastern Washington and the traditional buildings of Kyoto. His installations encourage viewers to be directly engaged, spending time in their occupied space. His Night Blooming project, a 13-foot-high catenary dome made collaboratively with David Drake, was originally installed at Bellevue Arts Museum and is now permanently on view at the Bellevue Botanical Garden. In 2018, he was a recipient of the Artist Trust Fellowship.