Richard Saul Wurman

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Richard Saul Wurman
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Born (1935-03-26) March 26, 1935 (age 84)
Alma materUniversity of Pennsylvania (B.Arch, M.Arch)
Scientific career
FieldsArchitecture, information architecture, design
Institutions19.20.21; TEDMED; WWW Conference; 555 Conference

Richard Saul Wurman (born March 26, 1935) is an American architect and graphic designer. Wurman has written, designed and published 90 books, and created the TED conference,[1] as well as the EG conference, TEDMED and the WWW suite of gatherings.


Richard Saul Wurman has written, designed and published at least 83 books on divergent topics. Two of these are the Notebooks and Drawings of Louis I. Kahn (1963) and What Will Be Has Always Been (1986), the seminal collection of the words of Kahn. His books include the Access travel series (starting with Access/LA in 1980) and several books on healthcare.

Wurman chaired the IDCA Conference in 1972, the First Federal Design assembly in 1973, and the annual American Institute of Architects (AIA) Conference in 1976.

Wurman received both his B.Arch. and M.Arch. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, completing his graduate degree in 1959,[2] with the highest honors; he was awarded the Arthur Spayed Brooks Gold Medal. He has been awarded several honorary doctorates, Graham Fellowships, a Guggenheim and numerous grants from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as the Distinguished Professor at Northeastern University. He is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Wurman has also been awarded the Annual Gold Medal from Trinity College, Dublin, a Gold Medal from AIGA and received the Boston Science Museum's 50th Annual Bradford Washburn Award in October, 2014. He is also a Fellow of the AIA and in the Art Director's Club Hall of Fame.

He continues to work with Esri and RadicalMedia on his comparative cartographic initiative for mapping urban settings, 19.20.21, which will culminate in the creation of a network of live Urban Observatories around the world.

Wurman created and chaired several conferences: TED from 1984 through 2003, TEDMED from 1995 through 2010, and the WWW conference.

Wurman also supports SENS Research Foundation, a nonprofit biotechnology organization that seeks to repair the damages of aging and extend healthy lifespan.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Wurman lives in Golden Beach, Florida with his wife, novelist Gloria Nagy, and their two pet dogs. They have four children and six grandchildren.


  1. ^ "The 30th birthday of TED: Richard Saul Wurman at TED2014". 2014-03-17. Retrieved 2014-07-20.
  2. ^ "Richard Saul Wurman". AIGA: the professional association for design. Retrieved 2016-11-03.
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