Yale School of Architecture Dean Robert A.M. Stern Honored by AIA New York
Robert A. M. Stern, Dean of the Yale School of Architecture, will receive a Presidents Award from the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) at a gala event, the 2001 Heritage Ball, on October 30.
Stern will be honored along with former New York Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan and The McGraw-Hill Construction Information Group, for their “outstanding contribution to architecture and the urban landscape,” according to AIA New York President Margaret Helfand.
Stern, The Dean and J. M. Hoppin Professor of Architecture at Yale, is founder and senior partner of the New York firm Robert A. M. Stern Architects. Closely associated with the postmodern movement in architecture, he has worked on such projects as the Ohrstrom Library, St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire; the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts in Houston, Texas, the William Gates Computer Science Building at Stanford University; World Headquarters of Mexx International, in Voorschoten, Netherlands; the Gap Building in San Francisco; diverse buildings for the Walt Disney Company; and numerous residential buildings throughout the United States.
Described in the AIA announcement of the Presidents Award as “a fixture in the civic and architectural scene in New York City,” Stern has written several acclaimed books on contemporary architecture, architectural history and the architecture of New York. He co-authored a series on the city, each volume of which is devoted to a specific year in New York’s history, from 1890 to 1960. Stern is perhaps best known as the host of the PBS eight-hour documentary “Pride of Place: Building the American Dream” and as an expert observer on other televison documentaries, notably the Ric Burns series on New York City. He lectures widely and is frequently called upon by the media to comment on issues related to architecture and contemporary urban culture.
Stern has garnered many honors and citations for the excellence of his designs, including other National Honor Awards from AIA.