Craig W. Hartman

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Craig W. Hartman, FAIA is an architect and the Design Partner of the Skidmore, Owings and Merrill San Francisco, California office. His most prominent work includes the Cathedral of Christ the Light for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland. It is the first cathedral in the world built entirely in the 21st century. He also completed the International Terminal at the San Francisco International Airport, The Harvard University Northwest Science Building, and the new US Embassy in Beijing.[1]


Hartman was born in Churubusco, Indiana and graduated in 1968 from Wolf Lake High School. Hartman enrolled in Ball State University's College of Architecture and Planning and spent a year studying under Cedric Price at The Architectural Association in London before graduating from Ball State in 1973. Hartman started his career at SOM in Chicago upon graduation from the College of Architecture and Planning. He served as Design Partner in SOM’s Houston and Washington, D.C. offices prior to joining the San Francisco office as an architectural Design Partner for SOM's West Coast operations in 1990.[2]

In 2001, Hartman became the youngest recipient of the Maybeck Award, an Individual Honor Award for Outstanding Achievement expressed in a body of work, presented by the American Institute of Architects, California Council. In September 2008, Hartman received the Vatican's Knighthood for Service to Society (St. Sylvester) from Pope Benedictus XVI during the dedication ceremony for The Cathedral of Christ the Light. He is a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council.[3] He also received an Honorary Doctor of the Arts Degree, conferred by Ball State University, during the 2009 commencement ceremony.

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