Witold Rybczynski

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Witold Rybczynski
Born 1 March 1943
Edinburgh, Scotland
Nationality Canadian-American
Awards J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize (2000)
Vincent Scully Prize (2007)

Witold Rybczynski (born in 1 March 1943, in Edinburgh, Scotland), is a Canadian-American architect, professor and writer.

Early life[edit]

Rybczynski was born in Edinburgh of Polish parentage and raised in Surrey, England before moving at a young age to Canada. He attended Loyola High School in Montreal. He received Bachelor of Architecture (1966) and Master of Architecture (1972) degrees from McGill University in Montreal.

Career[edit]

Rybczynski has written more than 300 articles and papers on the subjects of housing, architecture, and technology, many of which are aimed at a non-technical readership. His work has been published in a wide variety of magazines, including The Wilson Quarterly, The Atlantic Monthly, and The New Yorker.[1] From 2004 to 2010, he was architecture critic for Slate.[2]

He taught at McGill University (1974-1993) and the University of Pennsylvania (1993-2012), and served on the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts from 2004 to 2012.[3] He now lives in Philadelphia and is Emeritus Professor of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania.[4]

Awards and honors[edit]

Rybczynski's book Home: A Short History of an Idea was nominated for the 1986 Governor General's Award for non-fiction, and A Clearing in the Distance: Frederick Law Olmsted and North America in the Nineteenth Century won the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize[5] and was short-listed for the Charles Taylor Prize in 2000.

In 2007 Rybczynski was the recipient of the Seaside Prize and the Vincent Scully Prize, awarded by the National Building Museum. Rybczynski is a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council.[6]

Rybczynski is an honorary fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and an honorary member of the American Society of Landscape Architects. He has received the AIA Collaborative Honors, and the Pennsylvania AIA President's Award. He holds honorary doctorates from McGill University and the University of Western Ontario.

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References[edit]

Notes

  1. ^ "Authors: Witold Rybczynski". The Atlantic. 
  2. ^ "Authors: Witold Rybczynski". Slate. 
  3. ^ Thomas E. Luebke, ed., Civic Art: A Centennial History of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, 2013): Appendix B, p. 554.
  4. ^ "Martin and Margy Meyerson Professor Emeritus of Urbanism, Director, Real Estate Design & Development Certificate". University of Pennsylvania. 
  5. ^ "J. Anthony Lukas Prize Project winners". Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard. Retrieved 16 March 2011. 
  6. ^ "Design Futures Council Senior Fellows"

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