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Robert A.M. Stern

Tenth Vincent Scully Prize Gala

Vincent Scully Prize

November 12, 2008   6:00 - 9:30 pm


David Schwarz presents the Vincent Scully Prize to the tenth laureate Robert A.M. Stern.
David Schwarz presents the Vincent Scully Prize to the tenth laureate Robert A.M. Stern.
Photo by Paul Morigi.

On November 12 and 13, 2008, the National Building Museum presented the tenth Vincent Scully Prize to Robert A.M. Stern. The award recognizes Stern's years of teaching at Columbia and Yale Universities, his leadership as the Dean of the Yale School of Architecture, and his seminal publications reflecting on the history of architecture in New York. As an educator and author, he helped create the revival of the shingle style and promote traditional town planning.

A black-tie gala, commemorating the tenth anniversary of the Scully Prize and Stern's selection, was held at the National Building Museum on Wednesday, November 12, 2008. Leaders in architecture, urban planning, education, the arts, and private industry paid tribute to Vincent Scully and Stern's legacies and achievements.

The following day, Thursday, November 13, 2008, the Museum held public and private events around Washington, D.C, including breakfast and Architectural Tours by invitation only for gala supporters and Vincent Scully Prize public lecture.

The public lecture, a tradition of Scully Prize laureates, will be an original work authored and presented by Stern exclusively for the occasion. Read a transcript of Robert A.M. Stern's lecture.

About Robert A.M. Stern

Robert A.M. Stern is a practicing architect, teacher, and writer. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and received the AIA New York Chapter's Medal of Honor in 1984 and the Chapter's President's Award in 2001. He received the Athena Award from the Congress for the New Urbanism and the Board of Directors' Honor from the Institute of Classical Architecture and Classical America in 2007.

Stern is Dean of the Yale School of Architecture, a position he has held since 1998. Prior to that he was Professor of Architecture and Director of the Historic Preservation Program at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University, where he also served as the first director of the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture from 1984 to 1988.  He has lectured extensively in the United States and abroad on both historical and contemporary topics in architecture. 

Stern is co-author of an acclaimed five-volume series documenting the development of New York City's architecture and urbanism from the Civil War to the millennium.  In 1986 he hosted "Pride of Place: Building the American Dream," an eight-part, eight-hour documentary television series. 

As founder and Senior Partner of Robert A.M. Stern Architects, he personally directs the design of each of his firm's diverse projects, including the recently completed Comcast Center, a 57-story office building in Center City Philadelphia, and Fifteen Central Park West, a residential building in New York City.  He led the design team for two of the most important and influential planning projects of our time: the new town of Celebration, Florida, and the revitalization of the theater block of New York's 42nd Street, which won a 1999 Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects.  His current commissions include the Museum for African Art in New York; the American Revolution Center at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania; and the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas, Texas. 

Stern has served as a member of the National Building Museum's Board of Trustees since 1999.

The tenth Vincent Scully Prize News Release

The National Building Museum is grateful for the generous donations to the Vincent Scully Prize received since its inception, which sustain the program.

Watch the event video and tributes to Robert Stern and Vincent Scully: