Nasar, Jack L. 1947-

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NASAR, Jack L. 1947-

PERSONAL: Born March 31, 1947, in Great Neck, NY; son of Leon and Frieda (Dweck) Nasar; married Judy Johnson, June 20, 1983; children: Joanna. Ethnicity: "Caucasian." Education: Washington University, St. Louis, MO, A.B., 1969; New York University, M.U.P., 1973; Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D., 1979. Religion: Jewish. Hobbies and other interests: Running, swimming, skiing, piano, reading.

ADDRESSES: Home—3003 Sudbury Rd., Columbus, OH 43221. Office—Department of City and Regional Planning, 279B Brown, Ohio State University, 190 West 17th St., Columbus, OH 43210. E-mail—[email protected]

CAREER: Pennsylvania State University, University Park, instructor in architecture, 1975-76; University of Tennessee, Knoxville, assistant professor of architecture, 1977-80; Ohio State University, Columbus, began as assistant professor, became professor of city and regional planning, 1980—. University of Sydney, visiting scholar, 1988-89. City of Yonkers, NY, worked as assistant planner.

MEMBER: Environmental Design Research Association, American Institute of Certified Planners.

AWARDS, HONORS: Lilly Endowment fellow, 1979; Ethel Chettel fellow, 1988-89.


Environmental Aesthetics: Theory, Research, and Practice, Cambridge University Press (New York, NY), 1988.

The Evaluative Image of the City, Sage Publications (Beverly Hills, CA), 1997.

Design by Competition: Making Design Competition Work, Cambridge University Press (New York, NY), 1999.

(Editor, with Wolfgang F. E. Preiser) Directions in Person-Environment Research and Practice, Ashgate (Brookfield, VT), 1999.

SIDELIGHTS: Jack L. Nasar once told CA: "I enjoy writing. In my nonfiction works I try to communicate technical information on social science research to the educated reader. As this research deals with ways to plan and design our environment to fit and satisfy people, the public is the consumer and intended audience. The public must act to bring about change.

"To write, I need solitude—a quiet place without interruptions—and a block of time. I write freely and easily, but I spend much time editing and revising what I've written. I find the computer helpful in this regard.

"In my fiction, I try to put the social science ideas into action, or I try to have some fun with humor."