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Stern, Robert Arthur Morton (1939– ). American architect. After graduating, he worked with Meier before setting up his own office in 1977. He has been seen as one of the greatest influences in Post-Modernism and a formidable critic of International Modernism. Advocating an architecture of associations, prompting mnemonic perceptions, and firmly rooted in culture, he has argued robustly for a study of history, and for an eclectic use of forms to give buildings meaning. His works include the Lang House, Washington, CT (1974), the Ehrman House, Armonk, NY (1975), and Point West Place, Framingham, MA (1983–5—with a powerful portico of primitive square columns with a pediment like a section through a sar-cophagus-lid, the whole reminiscent of the work of Ledoux). Stern has, in fact, been successful in reviving something of the severe French Neo-Classicism of the late C18 and early C19. Other works include the Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, MA (1987–93), the Observatory Hill Dining Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA (1982–4), the Kol Israel Synagogue, Brooklyn, NYC (1985–9), The Disney Casting Center, Lake Buena Vista, FL (1987–9), the Hotel Cheyenne, Eurodisney, Marne-la-Vallée, France (1988–92), Banana Republic Store, Chicago, IL (1990–1), the Ohrstrom Library, St Paul's School, Concord, NH (1987–91), the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA (1992–6), and the Spangler Campus Center, Harvard Business School, Boston, MA (1999–2001), all finely detailed and crafted. Among his many houses may be cited various residences at East Hampton, NY (e.g. at Apaquogue (1989–93) ), Preston Hollow, Dallas, TX (2000), and Montecito, Santa Barbara, CA (1999). He has published widely, his contributions including New Directions in American Architecture (1969.

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Anger (1996);
Ar&Bi (1981);
P. Dixon (ed.) (1998);
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Huls (1987);
Inst. CA (2002);
Kraft (ed.) (1992);
Rueda (ed.) (1986);
Stern (1975, 1977, 1982, 1988, 1996, 1997);
Stern (ed.) (1979);
Stern et al. (1995);
van Vynckt (ed.) (1993)

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Robert A. M. Stern: (Robert Arthur Morton Stern), 1939–, American architect, b. New York City. He studied architecture at Yale Univ., became a practicing architect in the mid-1960s, and a professor of architecture at Columbia Univ. in 1970. He and John S. Hagmann were partners from 1969 to 1977, when Stern opened his own firm. An important figure in architectural postmodernism, he is particularly skilled at adapting historical styles to a contemporary context and at integrating buildings into their settings. Primarily known for his residential structures, he also has been involved in larger projects, such as the massive renovation of New York City's Times Square (1992–). Stern's many books include New Directions in Architecture (1969) and Pride of Place: Building the American Dream (1986), a companion to the television series he created and hosted for the Public Broadcasting System. Stern was appointed dean of the Yale School of Architecture in 1998.

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STERN, Robert A. M.

STERN, Robert A. M. American, b. 1939. Genres: Architecture. Career: Principal Partner, Robert A.M. Stern Architects, NYC, 1976-; Professor of Architecture, Columbia University, NYC, 1982- (Lecturer, 1970-73; Assistant Professor, 1973-77; Associate Professor, 1977-82, Director, Temple Hoyne Buell Center for American Architecture, 1984-88, Director, Historic Preservation, 1990-); Ed., Perspecta, the Yale Architectural Journal, 1965; Partner, Robert Stern and John Hagmann, Architects, 1969-76. Publications: New Directions in American Architecture, 1969, 1977; George Howe: Towards a Modern American Architecture, 1975; (with Deborah Nevins) The Architect's Eye, 1979; (co-author) East Hampton's Heritage, 1982; Raymond Hood, 1982; (co-author) New York 1900, 1983; Pride of Place, 1986; (co- author) New York 1930, 1987; Modern Classicism, 1988; The House That Bob Built, 1991; (co-author) New York, 1960, 1995; (with others) New York 1880: Architecture and Urbanism in the Guilded Age, 1999. Address: 460 West 34th St., New York, NY 10001, U.S.A.

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