|Robert A. M. Stern
May 23, 1939 |
Robert Arthur Morton Stern, usually credited as Robert A. M. Stern (born May 23, 1939), is an American architect. He is currently the Dean of the Yale University School of Architecture.
Stern's work is generally classified as postmodern, though a more useful classification would be a particular emphasis on 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.
Early life, education, and career
Stern received a bachelor's degree from Columbia University in 1960 and a master's degree in architecture from Yale University in 1965. After graduating from Yale, Stern worked as a designer in the office of Richard Meier in 1966, prior to forming the firm of Stern & Hagmann with a fellow student from his days at Yale, John S. Hagmann, in 1969. In 1977 he founded the successor firm, Robert A. M. Stern Architects. 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.
Major public projects include the 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, and the main library in Columbus, Georgia; Point West Place in Framingham, Massachusetts; the Federal Reserve Bank in Atlanta, Georgia, and federal courthouses in Youngstown, Ohio, Beckley, West Virginia and Richmond, Virginia the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan, the Mason School of Business at the College of William and Mary, 15 Central Park West, the North Quadrangle Residential and Academic Complex at the University of Michigan, and the George W. Bush Presidential Library at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
In September 2008, Stern's firm was selected to design the two new residential colleges at Yale University, the largest single building commission in New Haven's history.
In 2008 he was awarded the Vincent Scully Prize by the National Building Museum for his contributions to the built environment.
Edmund N. Bacon Prize, Ed Bacon Foundation (now under the Philadelphia Center for Architecture), 2006