Diane Lewis (architect)

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Diane Lewis (b. 1951 - d. May 2, 2017)[1] was an American architect. author and academic.


Lewis received her bachelor's degree in architecture from Cooper Union in 1976. In 1977 Lewis was awarded the Rome Prize in architecture.[2] Following her prestigious achievement she was employed at Richard Meier's office from 1977-78, followed by six years at I.M. Pei and Partners from 1978-83. Her mentor was the architect John Hejduk.[3]

In 1993 she became the first female architect to be appointed to the full-time faculty at Cooper Union.[4] She also taught at other colleges and universities including yale University, the University of Virginia, and the University of Toronto, where in 2006 she was the "Frank Gehry visiting chair".[5]

In 2006 Lewis received the John Q. Hejduk award from The Cooper Union Alumni Association[6] and in 2008 the Smithsonian's Cooper Hewitt National Design Award.[7]

Lewis's built work was limited mostly to interior design most notably the "studiolo" she created for her fellow architects Mark Wigley and Beatriz Colomina[8]

Lewis is the author of numerous books[9], including; "Diane Lewis: Inside Out: Architecture New York City" (Charta 2006) which also incorporates contributions by the architects Richard Meier and Anthony Vidler as well as the artist Carl Andre co[10].