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Thursday, December 16, 2010

A dean's list

Yale dean a classic

NEW HAVEN - Yale School of Architecture Dean Robert A. M. Stern has been named the 2011 recipient of the Richard H. Driehaus Prize for Classical Architecture, the university said in a statement.
Stern will receive $200,000 and a model of the Choregic Monument of Lysikrates during a March 26 ceremony in Chicago and will donate the cash award to Yale, the statement said.
"As founder and senior partner of Robert A. M. Stern Architects, and as dean of the Yale School of Architecture, Stern has built a reputation as a modern traditionalist architect," the statement said. "In his work as an architect, as a scholar and as a teacher, he has been dedicated to reconnecting the present and future with the past, building upon what went before to extend the trajectory of architecture."
Further, the statement said, "Stern's work as an architect is rooted in the principles, values, and ideals of classicism and traditional architecture."
"His noted works include Comcast Center, a prismatic glass office tower in Philadelphia, which carries forward the proportions of the classical obelisk; the acclaimed residential tower 15 Central Park West, which recaptures the spirit of New York’s great pre-war apartment houses; and the influential plan for Celebration, (Fla.) which is grounded on a decades-long study of traditional town planning, the statement said.
His current projects include the design of the George W. Bush Presidential Center at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and two new undergraduate residential colleges in the Gothic mode at Yale.
“More than any other practicing architect today, Bob Stern has brought classicism into the public realm and the mainstream of the profession, reinvigorating it for generations to come. We are honored to have him among the Driehaus Prize laureates,” said Michael Lykoudis, Driehaus Prize Jury chair and the Francis and Kathleen Rooney Dean of the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture, also in the statement.

For more on Stern, visit: http://www.architecture.yale.edu/

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