Dean Robert A.M. Stern to be Honored

The Academy of the Arts of Guild Hall will honor the Dean of the Yale School of Architecture with a lifetime achievement award later this month.

Robert A.M. Stern will receive the Visual Arts Lifetime Achievement Award on Nov. 30 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. Other honorees at that time will be Barbara Goldsmith, for Literary Arts, and Gwen Verdon, for Performing Arts.

Stern, who earned his M. Architecture from Yale in 1965, is a practicing architect, teacher and writer. Founder and senior partner in the firm of Robert A.M. Stern Architects of New York, he is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

In September 1998, Stern was named dean of the Yale School of Architecture, following a distinguished tenure as professor and director of the Historical Preservation Department at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. He has lectured extensively in the United States and abroad abroad on both historical and contemporary topics in architecture, and is author of several books, including “New Directions in American Architecture” and “Modern Classicism.” Stern’s particular interest and experience in the development of New York City’s architecture and urbanism can be seen in books he has co-authored: “New York 1880,” “New York 1900,” “New York 1930” and “New York 1960.” Nine books on his work have been published.

Stern’s work has been exhibited at many galleries and universities and is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Deutsches Architekturmuseum, and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Among his many honors, Stern has been selected to represent the United States at the Venice Biennale in 1976, 1980 and 1996. The AIA’s New York Chapter awarded him its Medal of Honor in 1984. In 1986, Stern hosted “Pride of Place: Building the American Dream,” an eight-part documentary series aired on the Public Broadcasting System. He serves on the board of directors of the Walt Disney Company.

The Academy of the Arts, created in 1985, honors resident artists of the East End of Long Island, where Stern maintains a home. The Academy is based at Guild Hall, a cultural center in East Hampton, N.Y. Past honorees include Steven Spielberg, Julian Schnabel, Billy Joel and Roy Lichtenstein.

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