Robert Arthur Morton Stern, usually credited as Robert A. M. Stern, is a practicing architect, teacher, writer, founder and senior partner of Robert A.M. Stern Architects. Born in New York City (May 23, 1939), received a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University in 1960 and a master’s degree in architecture from Yale University in 1965. Robert Stern became a practicing architect in the mid-1960s, working as a designer in the office of Richard Meier and then form the firm of Stern & Hagmann with John S. Hagmann from 1969 to 1977.
In 1977, Stern founded the successor firm, Robert A. M. Stern Architects, in which he personally directs the design of each project. Stern served as the first director of Columbia’s Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture from 1984 to 1988 and worked as professor of Architecture and director of the Historic Preservation Program at the Graduate Schools of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University. Stern was named J.M. Hoppin Professor of Architecture.
Robert A.M. Stern Architects, LLP, is a 300-person firm that over its forty-eight-year history has developed a reputation for its modern interpretations of traditional building styles. Stern’s work is generally classified as Postmodern, though he recently prefers the term “Modern Traditionalist” to describe his work. The firm is best known for its massive residential projects made from time-honored materials like brick and limestone, such as the new classical 15 Central Park West or 30 Park Place. Robert A.M. Stern has, however, also made forays into skyscrapers, creating contemporary glass towers such as the obelisk-shaped Comcast Center in Philadelphia and the faceted Tour Carpe Diem in Paris, which nod to tradition in their own ways.
Throughout his unique career, Robert Stern has received several awards and citations for design excellence. In 2017 received the Topaz Medallion, awarded jointly by the AIA and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture in recognition of outstanding service to architectural education. In 2011 received the Driehaus Prize and in 2008 received the tenth Vincent Scully Prize from the National Building Museum. In 2007, he received both the Athena Award from the Congress for the New Urbanism and the Board of Directors’ Honor from the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art.
Mr. Stern’s work has been exhibited at numerous galleries and universities and is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Centre Pompidou, the Denver Museum of Art, and the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1976, 1980, and 1996, he was among the architects selected to represent the United States at the Venice Biennale, and he served as Chair of the International Jury in 2012. In 1986 Mr. Stern hosted “Pride of Place: Building the American Dream,” an eight-part, eight-hour documentary television series aired on the Public Broadcasting System.
Also, he is the author of several books, more than twenty books on Mr. Stern’s work have been published. Current architectural projects include: 70 Vestry, New York; Heart of Lake, China; 220 Central Park south, New York; 520 Park Avenue, New York; 375 Avenida Pezet, Peru; One Bennett Park, Illinois.
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