Robert A. M. Stern
|Robert A. M. Stern|
May 23, 1939 |
Brooklyn, New York City, USA
|Parents||Sonya Cohen Stern
Sydney Stanley Stern
|Awards||Driehaus Architecture Prize|
Stern is a representative of New Urbanism 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," 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.
Early life and education
Stern was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1939. 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.
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. Many of his early commissions were for the Walt Disney Company, including the master plan for Celebration, Florida.
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. Stern has rejected the association, arguing that his projects draw on vernacular context and local traditions.
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.
Notable architectural projects
Major projects of Robert Stern and his architecture office RAMSA include:
- Lakewood Public Library in Lakewood, Ohio, an inner ring suburb of Cleveland, Ohio
- Nashville Public Library in Nashville, Tennessee
- Jacksonville Public Library in Jacksonville, Florida
- main library in Columbus, Georgia
- Point West Place in Framingham, Massachusetts
- Federal Reserve Bank in Atlanta, Georgia
- federal courthouses in Youngstown, Ohio, Beckley, West Virginia and Richmond, Virginia
- Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan
- Mason School of Business at the College of William and Mary
- 15 Central Park West, New York City
- New Africa Center, New York City
- North Quadrangle Residential and Academic Complex at the University of Michigan
- George W. Bush Presidential Library at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas
Current architectural projects
As of April 2014, Stern and his office RAMSA lead the following projects:
- two residential colleges at Yale University, the largest single building commission in New Haven's history (started in September 2008)
- 220 Central Park South, skyscraper - Manhattan, New York City
- 520 Park Avenue, skyscraper - Manhattan, New York City
A selection of books (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)
- Edmund N. Bacon Prize – Ed Bacon Foundation (now under the Philadelphia Center for Architecture)
- Vincent Scully Prize -- National Building Museum, 2008 
- Driehaus Architecture Prize – University of Notre Dame School of Architecture
- Zukowsky, John. "Robert A. M. Stern (American architect)". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 3 April 2014.
- "Who Are You? Robert A. M. Stern". Big Think. Big Think. 21 February 2008. Retrieved 28 April 2014.
- Davidson, Justin (3 November 2013). "Unfashionably Fashionable". New York Magazine. Retrieved 28 April 2014.
- Pogrebin, Robin (16 December 2007). "Building Respect at Yale". New York Times. Retrieved 28 April 2014.
- Marino, Vivian (29 June 2012). "The 30-Minute Interview: Robert A.M. Stern". Retrieved 28 April 2014.
- Projects of Robert A. M. Stern Architects
- "Stern to design new colleges for Yale". Yale Daily News. Retrieved 3 April 2014.
- "Robert A.M. Stern's 220 Central Park South Tower, Revealed". Curbed NY. Jessica Dailey. Retrieved 3 April 2014.
- "Details, Rendering Revealed For Zeckendorfs' 520 Park Avenue". Curbed NY. Jessica Dailey. Retrieved 3 April 2014.
- Julie Iovine (3 September 1998). "Robert Stern to Be Yale's Architecture Dean". The New York Times.
- National Building Museum, "Vincent Scully Prize." http://www.nbm.org/support-us/awards_honors/scully-prize/robert-am-stern.html
- Robert Stern website
- 2011 video on YouTube feat. Stern, Driehaus Prize ceremony, Notre Dame School of Architecture
- Project's websites
- Jacksonville Public Library
- 15 Central Park West
- 10 Rittenhouse Square
- Photograph of Dallas, Texas Home Designed by Architect Robert Stern
- Highgrove Luxury Condominiums