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Robert A.M. Stern Wins 2017 AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion

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Today, the American Institute of Architects and the Association of the Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) named Robert A.M. Stern, FAIA, as the 2017 winner of the AIA Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architecture Education, the highest honor given to educators in architecture. The AIA has been granting individuals this award since 1976 for their dedication to education and influence over students of architecture.

Robert A.M. Stern, FAIA, was recognized by the AIA and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture for his dedication to educating students of architecture.

Robert A.M. Stern, FAIA, was recognized by the AIA and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture for his dedication to educating students of architecture.

“He loves the debate, the conversation,” says architect Deborah Berke, FAIA, who succeeded Stern as dean of the Yale School of Architecture this summer. “He wants to hear arguments and discussions.”

Stern has expressed his dedication to the advancement of architecture education and architectural innovation through his projects, teaching, and writing. After receiving an M.Arch. from Yale University in 1965, he co-founded Stern & Hagmann in 1969. He then returned to Columbia University as a professor of architecture and director of the Historic Preservation Program at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, where he lectured for more than 20 years while also managing major projects and holding various titles. His next firm, Robert A.M. Stern Architects (RAMSA) was founded in 1977. At RAMSA, Stern personally supervises the design of each project that the firm develops. The 300-person office functions as a teaching institution, producing both experienced alumni and eager-to-learn apprentices.

Photo courtesy of John Jacobson | Yale School of Architecture

Photo courtesy of John Jacobson | Yale School of Architecture

Since the birth of RAMSA, the terms New Urbanism and New Classical Architecture have been coined, and both describe styles in which Stern has always been fluent. RAMSA’s postmodern reputation for blending tradition with modernity has circulated around the world, and the firm’s success has made it one of the biggest in the world. In 1984, Stern received the AIA New York Chapter’s Medal of Honor and the Chapter’s President’s Award in 2001.

As an academic writer, he has published several books and papers, including New Directions in American Architecture (Braziller, 1969), Modern Classicism(Rizzoli, 1988), and his most recent, Pedagogy and Place: 100 Years of Architecture Education at Yale (Yale University Press, 2016).

Photo courtesy of Yale Alumni Magazine

Photo courtesy of Yale Alumni Magazine

The 2017 Topaz Medallion jury: Stephen Vogel, FAIA, University of Detroit; Mercy Geraldine Forbes Isais, Associate AIA, University of New Mexico; Sharon Johnston, FAIA, Johnston Marklee & Associates; Chere R. LeClair, AIA, LeClair Architects; Sarah Wahlgren, AIAS, American Institute of Architecture Students.

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ArchRecord Women in Architecture Forum & Awards

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Architectural Record hosted its third annual Women in Architecture Forum & Awards symposium November 2 at New York City’s CUNY Graduate Center. The program is intended to recognize leading female architects and spark discussion about key issues facing women in the architecture profession.

This year’s event revolved around the theme of diversity in architectural education. Three panelists—all leaders in academia and founders of their own practices—discussed the challenges women architects continue to face, both in school and in the working world, as well as strategies to promote young female architects.  

Deborah Berke, the first woman dean of Yale School of Architecture, Donna Robertson, former dean of the College of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology and one of this year’s award recipients, and Winka Dubbeldam, chair and professor of graduate architecture at PennDesign at the University of Pennsylvania, participated in the conversation, moderated by RECORD editor-in-chief Cathleen McGuigan.

The panelists kicked off the discussion by citing female enrollment statistics and faculty positions at their respective institutions (“The numbers are not encouraging,” said Berke), and the ways in which they, as leaders in education, could enlist lasting change.

Cathleen McGuigan, Deborah Berke, and Donna Robertson on WIA Panel

Cathleen McGuigan, Deborah Berke, and Donna Robertson on WIA Panel

“I think that we could be more radical and change the perception of the practice of architecture. We need more multidisciplinary models,” said Berke. “Women need to be explicitly taught how to start businesses,” she added. 

Dubbeldam noted, “As a university, it is important to support women in being more competitive and proactive in asking for things.”

The three women touched on range of topics, from the obstacles that confront working mothers, to the importance of women advocating for each another.

The panel discussion was followed by a ceremony honoring this year’s award winners: Susan T. Rodriguez, Designer Leader; Amale Andraos, New Generation Leader; Jenny Sabin, Innovator; Donna Robertson, Educator/Mentor; and Roberta Feldman, Activist.

Read more about the third annual award recipients here.