Hugh Newell Jacobsen

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Hugh Newell Jacobsen, FAIA
Born 1929
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Nationality American
Occupation Architect

Beech House, 1963
University of Michigan Alumni Center, 1982
Buckwalter House, 1982

Addition to the United States Capitol, 1993
Projects The Weitzenhoffer Wing of the Fred Jones Art Center, University of Oklahoma.

Hugh Newell Jacobsen (born 1929) is a prominent United States architect.

Education and early career[edit]

Hugh Newell Jacobsen was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1929. Educated at the University of Maryland, he received a BA in 1951 where he was also a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He also attended the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. Jacobsen then received his B. Fine Arts from the University of Maryland and M. Arch. from Yale University in 1955.

After finishing his formal education, Jacobsen briefly worked in New Canaan, Connecticut, apprenticing to Philip Johnson in 1955. Subsequently he worked for Keyes, Lethbridge and Condon in Washington, D.C. (1957–1958).

In 1958, Jacobsen opened his eponymous practice in Georgetown, Washington D.C. and has maintained a small, private practice there since.[1]

Later work[edit]

Jacobsen is widely known for his modern pavilion-based residences — composed of simple, gabled forms, rectangular in plan. Unlike other second-generation Modernist architects who revisited the iconic European houses of the 1920s or the American shingle style of the nineteenth century, Jacobsen drew inspiration from the vernacular architecture of the American homestead. His large but intimately scaled pavilions recall the barns, detached kitchens, and smokehouses — the outbuildings — of rural America. In 1988 he was elected into the National Academy of Design as an Associate member and became a full Academician in 1992.

Jacobsen designed the “1998 Life Dream House", a promotion by Life Magazine where famed architects designed homes and plans were made publicly available. He also designed Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis' Martha's Vineyard home in the early 1980s.[citation needed]


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