Richard Saul Wurman
|Richard Saul Wurman|
March 26, 1935 |
|Fields||Architecture, information architecture, design|
|Institutions||19.20.21; TEDMED; WWW Conference; 555 Conference|
Richard Saul Wurman (March 26, 1935) is an American architect and graphic designer. Wurman has written and designed over 83 books, and created the TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) conference, as well as the EG conference, TEDMED and the WWW suite of gatherings.
Richard Saul Wurman has written, designed and published more than 80 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 and several books on healthcare.
Wurman chaired the IDCA Conference in 1972, the First Federal Design assembly in 1973, and the annual AIA Conference in 1976.
Wurman received both his M. Arch. & B. Arch. Degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, from where he graduated in 1959 with the highest honors, and 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 the Smithsonian, Cooper-Hewitt Museum. Wurman has also been awarded the Annual Gold Medal from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, a Gold Medal from AIGA and will receive 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 @radical.media 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. See www.urbanobservatory.org/preview.
Wurman created and chaired several conferences; TED from 1984 thru 2003, TEDMED from 1995 thru 2010 as well as e.g. and his best, the WWW conference.
- "The 30th birthday of TED: Richard Saul Wurman at TED2014". Blog.ted.com. 2014-03-17. Retrieved 2014-07-20.
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