2016 Bybee Prize Recipient
Robert A.M. Stern, FAIA
Robert A.M. Stern Architects
New York, NY
Robert A.M. Stern is a practicing architect, teacher, and writer. With the help of fifteen partners, Mr. Stern leads an extraordinarily diverse and successful 320-person practice, all based in one office in New York, with projects as varied as the record-setting residential development 15 Central Park West in New York; the 57-story Comcast Center headquarters office tower in Center City Philadelphia; the newly opened Schwarzman College at Tsinghua University in Beijing, as well as buildings at public and private colleges and universities across the country; mixed-use residential neighborhoods in China; and private houses.
Stern served as Dean of the Yale School of Architecture from 1998 to 2016; he was named J.M. Hoppin Professor of Architecture in 2000. Before returning to Yale, where he received his Master of Architecture degree in 1965, he was Professor of Architecture and Director of the Historic Preservation Program at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University. Mr. Stern served from 1984 to 1988 as the first director of Columbia’s Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture. He has lectured extensively in the United States and abroad on both historical and contemporary topics in architecture. He is the author of several books, and nineteen books on Mr. Stern’s work have been published. Mr. Stern is the 2011 Driehaus Prize laureate 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 and Classical America. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.
With his buildings, his teaching, and his writings, Robert A.M. Stern has changed the architectural profession and lifted the spirit of American architecture. Stern’s fifty-year career has been dedicated to the idea that architecture is a conversation across time, connecting the present and future with the past. From the beginning of his career in the late 1960s, Stern reintroduced to architecture a concern for places, landscapes, and communities. Stern raised public awareness about the importance of architecture as host and author of “Pride of Place,” the eight-part television series shown on the Public Broadcasting System in 1985. Stern has put his ideas into practice. His designs are influential and controversial. Some architects see their work as autobiography. They establish a single vision and then repeat themselves. Stern sees his work as that of a biographer, or portrait painter, who helps clients and communities to realize their dreams. With every new project he and his colleagues find the specific solution that suits the program, the context, the culture and aspirations of the client, and the expectations of the larger community. At the same time, he is definite about his own point of view, which is in its way quite radical.
That Stern is seen by some as a traditionalist is a testament to how he has altered the discourse in American architecture. Stern has dedicated himself to the fight against anonymity, uniformity, and placelessness that were shortcomings of international-style modernism. He has been instrumental in defining the paradigm for architecture in our time, a paradigm that values diversity, the lessons of the past, and an optimistic view of American achievement. As an influential practicing architect, as an author and thinker, as a preservationist and urban planner, as a teacher, and as a representative of architecture in corporate America, as much as any architect in our time, Stern’s contributions have reaffirmed architecture as the great social art of our culture.
View more on Robert A.M. Stern in Fall 2016 issue of Building Stone Magazine
2014 Bybee Prize Recipient
Peter Walker, FASLA
PWP Landscape Architecture
Peter Walker is a landscape architect with over fifty years of experience in practice and teaching. The scope of his concerns is expansive – from the planning of cities to the design of small gardens– with a particular emphasis on civic design, corporate headquarters, plazas, academic campuses, and urban renewal projects. Exploring the relationship of art, culture, and context, he has challenged traditional concepts of landscape design.
Co-founder of the firm Sasaki, Walker and Associates (established in 1957), Walker opened its West Coast office, which became The SWA Group in 1976. As principal, consulting principal, and chairman of the board, he helped to shape The SWA Group as a multidisciplinary office with an international reputation for excellence in environmental design. In 1983, he formed Peter Walker and Partners, now known as PWP Landscape Architecture.
Walker has served as consultant and advisor to numerous public agencies and institutions: the Sydney 2000 Olympic Coordination Authority; the Redevelopment Agency of San Francisco; the Port Authority of San Diego; Stanford University; the University of California; the University of Washington; and the American Academy in Rome. He played an essential role in the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University as both the chairman of the Landscape Architecture Department and the acting director of the Urban Design Program. He was head of the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1997 to 1999. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects and of the Institute for Urban Design and has been granted Harvard’s Centennial Medal, the University of Virginia’s Thomas Jefferson Medal, the ASLA Design Medal, the IFLA Sir Geoffry Jellicoe Gold Medal, and most recently the Urban Land Institute’s J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development in 2012. PWP Landscape Architecture was awarded the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in Landscape Architecture in 2007 and received the Firm Award from ASLA in 2012.
Advocating a landscape that responds to, as well as influences its environment, Walker has collaborated with architects of such stature as I. M. Pei, Arata Isozaki, Norman Foster, Renzo Piano, Yoshio Taniguchi, Ricardo Legorreta, and Helmut Jahn.
Walker authored Invisible Gardens: The Search for Modernism in the American Landscape with Melanie Simo. His work has been included in several exhibitions in San Francisco and Tokyo, at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. As part of his commitment to education and publishing, Walker founded Spacemaker Press; its Landmarks series won the ASLA’s President’s Award of Excellence in 2000, and its magazine Land Forum, the ASLA Award of Excellence in Communications in 2006.
Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Master of Landscape Architecture, 1957 (Weidenman Prize, 1957)
University of Illinois, Graduate study in landscape architecture, 1956
University of California, Berkeley, Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture, 1955
Registration and Associations
CLARB Certification, Landscape Architect: California, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon, and Texas
View more on Peter Walker in spring 2014 issue of Building Stone Magazine.
2012 Bybee Prize Recipient
Robert J. Frasca, FAIA
Partner-in-Charge of Design
ZGF Architects LLP
Bob Frasca is partner-in-charge of design for ZGF Architects LLP. His work is united by the premise that architecture should vary with the program, climate and place, and the culture of the people who will occupy it. His instincts as observer, and then as designer, have produced a diverse portfolio, ranging from downtown civic and mixed use buildings in Washington, DC, Portland, Seattle, Kansas City and Denver, embassy buildings worldwide for the U.S. Department of State to research and academic facilities for major institutions including Memorial Sloan-Kettering, Duke University and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Based on this body of work, the firm was awarded the Architecture Firm Award by the American Institute of Architects in 1991. He is also the recipient of the 2011 AIA Northwest & Pacific Region Medal of Honor.
Bob was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects in 1979. He has chaired the AIA National Honor Awards program, as well as numerous AIA chapter programs around the country. He was a long-standing member of the University of Washington Architectural Commission of the Board of Regents, and has served on design review boards for the University of California San Diego and Davis campuses. He has been a visiting professor and critic-in-design at universities in Oregon, Washington, California, Michigan and Utah and has lectured extensively at other academic institutions, AIA chapters, and civic organizations. Bob is a member and former chair of the national AIA Committee on Design, and held previous board positions with the Portland Center for the Visual Arts, Oregon School of Design and Portland State University.
His contributions to the profession and the community have been acknowledged by other honors including being the Architecture Foundation of Oregon’s Honored Citizen, receiving the Watzek Award for Contributions to the Enrichment of the State of Oregon and the 2000 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Michigan. He was recently selected as one of Oregon’s Top 20 Business Leaders by the Portland Business Journal.
Bob received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Michigan, a Master of City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and was the recipient of a George Booth Traveling Scholarship.
Examples from Bob Frasca’s Portfolio
2010 Bybee Prize Recipient
Laurie D. Olin
Laurie Olin is a distinguished teacher, author, and one of the most renowned landscape architects practicing today. Laurie studied civil engineering at the University of Alaska and pursued architecture at the University of Washington, where Richard Haag encouraged him to focus on landscape. His involvement often marks the signature of OLIN’s distinguished portfolio of projects, which span the history of the studio from Bryant Park in New York City to the Brancusi Ensemble in Romania. Recent projects include Simon and Helen Director Park in Portland and the new Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia.
Laurie and his fellow partners at OLIN recently received the 2008 Landscape Design Award from the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum for excellence and innovation in landscape design and dedication to sustainability.
Laurie is currently practice professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has taught for thirty years, and is former chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture at Harvard University. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, and recipient of the 1998 Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Gold Medal from the American Society of Landscape Architects in 2005.
Examples from Laurie Olin’s Portfolio
Henry N. Cobb, FAIA
Pei Cobb Freed Partners
2006 Bybee Prize Recipient
2004 Bybee Prize Recipient
2002 Bybee Prize Recipient
2001 Bybee Prize Recipient