Robert A. M. Stern

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Not to be confused with Robert Stern (philosopher).
Robert A. M. Stern
Born (1939-05-23) May 23, 1939 (age 75)
Brooklyn, New York City, USA
Nationality American
Occupation Architect
Parent(s) Sonya Cohen Stern
Sydney Stanley Stern
Awards Driehaus Architecture Prize

Robert Arthur Morton Stern, usually credited as Robert A. M. Stern (born May 23, 1939), is an American architect and writer. He is currently the Dean of the Yale School of Architecture.

Stern is a representative of New Urbanism[citation needed] and New Classical Architecture, with a particular emphasis on urban context and the continuity of traditions. He may have been the first architect to use the term "postmodernism,"[1] but more recently he has used the phrase "Modern traditionalist" to describe his work. In 2011, Stern was honored with the renowned Driehaus Architecture Prize for his achievements in contemporary classical architecture.

Some of his firm's major works include New York City's new classical 15 Central Park West, and the late modern Comcast Center skyscraper in Philadelphia.

Early life and education[edit]

Stern was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1939.[2] Stern received a bachelor's degree from Columbia University in 1960 and a master's degree in architecture from Yale University in 1965. Stern has cited Vincent Scully and Philip Johnson as early mentors and influences.[2]


After graduating from Yale, Stern worked as a designer in the office of Richard Meier in 1966. In 1969, he established Stern & Hagmann with a fellow student from his days at Yale, John S. Hagmann. In 1977 he founded its successor firm, Robert A. M. Stern Architects. In his early career, Stern developed a reputation as a postmodern architect for the classical elements he integrated into modern buildings.[3] Many of his early commissions were for the Walt Disney Company, including the master plan for Celebration, Florida.[1]

Although his designs are eclectic, Stern's designs have become associated with the New Classical architectural movement because they reinterpret traditional building techniques and forms.[4] Stern has rejected the association, arguing that his projects draw on vernacular context and local traditions.[5]

Before becoming architecture dean at Yale, he was professor of architecture at Columbia University and director of Columbia's Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture.

Other activities[edit]

Stern was a board member of the Walt Disney Company in the 1990s, and designed buildings for Walt Disney World.[6]


Notable architectural projects[edit]

Major projects of Robert Stern and his architecture office RAMSA include:[7]

Current architectural projects[edit]

As of April 2014, Stern and his office RAMSA lead the following projects:


A selection of books written and co-written by Stern:

  • New Directions in American Architecture (1969)
  • George Howe : Toward a Modern American Architecture (1975)
  • New York 1900 : Metropolitan Architecture and Urbanism 1890–1915 (1983)
  • New York 1930 : Architecture and Urbanism Between the Two World Wars (1987)
  • Modern Classicism (1988)
  • New York 1960 : Architecture and Urbanism Between the Second World War and the Bicentennial (1997)
  • New York 1880 : Architecture and Urbanism in the Gilded Age (1999)
  • New York 2000 : Architecture and Urbanism Between the Bicentennial and the Millennium (2006)
  • The Philip Johnson Tapes : Interviews by Robert A.M. Stern (2008)
  • Paradise Planned : The Garden Suburb and the Modern City (2013)



  1. ^ a b Zukowsky, John. "Robert A. M. Stern (American architect)". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved April 3, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Who Are You? Robert A. M. Stern". Big Think. Big Think. February 21, 2008. Retrieved April 28, 2014. 
  3. ^ Davidson, Justin (November 3, 2013). "Unfashionably Fashionable". New York Magazine. Retrieved April 28, 2014. 
  4. ^ Pogrebin, Robin (December 16, 2007). "Building Respect at Yale". New York Times. Retrieved April 28, 2014. 
  5. ^ Marino, Vivian (June 29, 2012). "The 30-Minute Interview: Robert A.M. Stern". Retrieved April 28, 2014. 
  6. ^ Julie Iovine (September 3, 1998). "Robert Stern to Be Yale's Architecture Dean". The New York Times. 
  7. ^ Projects of Robert A. M. Stern Architects
  8. ^ "Robert A.M. Stern's 220 Central Park South Tower, Revealed". Curbed NY. Jessica Dailey. Retrieved April 3, 2014. 
  9. ^ Editor, Editor (15 September 2014). "It’s Going to be Huge: Details and Diagrams of 451 East Grand" (in English). Chicago Architecture Org. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  10. ^ Rosenfield, Karissa (17 April 2015). "Robert A.M. Stern to Build Britian’s Most Expensive Flats" (in English). ArchDaily. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  11. ^ "Stern to design new colleges for Yale". Yale Daily News. Retrieved April 3, 2014. 
  12. ^ National Building Museum, "Vincent Scully Prize."
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External links[edit]

Project websites