Norman Foster ARCH '62
Founder + Chairman, Foster + Partners
Richard C. Levin PhD '74
President Emeritus & Frederick William Beinecke Professor of Economics, Yale University
Karen Van Lengen, FAIA
Kenan Professor of Architecture, University of Virginia
Robert A.M. Stern ARCH '65
Dean and J.M. Hoppin Professor of Architecture, Yale School of Architecture, Principal and Founding Partner, Robert A.M. Stern Architects
Founder + Chairman
Foster + Partners
Norman Foster was born in Manchester in 1935. After graduating from Manchester University School of Architecture and City Planning in 1961 he won a Henry Fellowship to Yale University, where he gained a Master’s Degree in Architecture. He is the founder and chairman of Foster + Partners. Established in London in 1967, it is now a global practice, with project offices in more than twenty countries. Since its inception, the practice has received over 600 awards and citations for excellence and has won more than 100 international and national competitions. Recent work includes Beijing Airport, which is the world’s largest single building, Millau Viaduct in France, the Swiss Re tower and the Great Court at the British Museum in London, the Hearst Headquarters tower in New York, the Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington and research centres at Stanford University, California. He became the 21st Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate in 1999 and was awarded the Praemium Imperiale Award for Architecture in Tokyo in 2002. In 2009, he became the 29th laureate of the prestigious Prince of Asturias award for the Arts and was awarded the Knight Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. In 1990 he was granted a Knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, and in 1999 was honoured with a Life Peerage, becoming Lord Foster of Thames Bank.
President Emeritus & Frederick William Beinecke Professor of Economics
Richard C. Levin, Frederick William Beinecke Professor of Economics, recently completed a twenty-year term as Yale’s President. He received his B.A. from Stanford University in 1968 and studied politics and philosophy at Oxford University, where he earned a B.Litt. degree. After earning his Ph.D. in economics from Yale in 1974, he joined the Yale faculty. Before becoming president, he chaired the economics department, taught economic analysis and regulation at the Yale School of Management, and served as dean of Yale’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
During Mr. Levin’s twenty year tenure as President, Yale invested over $5 billion in the renovation and construction of its facilities, advanced economic development and home ownership in New Haven, purchased and began to develop a 136-acre campus in nearby West Haven, strengthened Yale’s programs in science, engineering, and medicine, established a goal of reducing campus greenhouse gas emissions by 43%, and undertook a major set of initiatives to internationalize the University – extending need-based financial aid to international students in Yale College, making international experiences the norm for all undergraduates, and planning and opening Yale-NUS College in Singapore as a model of liberal arts education for Asia.
Mr. Levin serves on President Obama’s Council of Advisors for Science and Technology. He is a trustee of the Hewlett Foundation and a director of American Express. He served on a bipartisan commission to recommend improvements in the nation’s intelligence capabilities and he co-chaired a major review of the nation’s patent system for the National Academy of Sciences. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. He is currently on sabbatical, writing about both higher education and U.S.-China Relations.
Richard Levin and his wife, Jane, have lived in New Haven for 43 years. They have four children and seven grandchildren.
Kenan Professor of Architecture
University of Virginia
Karen Van Lengen is a distinguished architect and the William Kenan Professor of Architecture at the University of Virginia. She served as dean of the School from 1999-2009, where she companioned cross-disciplinary research and design innovation to address today’s complex environmental and cultural challenges. She founded “Campbell Constructions”, design program to rejuvenate the Architecture School and its contiguous landscape using her own faculty and alumni as designers. Her recent book Urgent matters: Designing the School of Architecture at Jefferson’s University, documents the decade long process. As Chair of Architecture at Parsons School of Design (1995-1999) she founded the renowned Design Build Workshop and its curriculum, which celebrated the theory-to building process and remains a hallmark of the program today.
Van Lengen’s current research focuses on the integration of sound and communication as a primary aspect of today’s design culture. In 2010, The Chicago Art Institute’s Design Collection acquired her MIX HOUSE project (with Joel Sanders and Ben Rubin). A related project, The Sound Lounge, (with Joel Sanders and Jim Welty) won a Virginia Society AIA Design-Research Award. As the 2012-14 Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Technologies in the Humanities, Van Lengen is developing an archive and pedagogical web site that celebrates the aural qualities of iconic architectures. In addition, as recipient of a Jefferson Trust Award, she is developing a student-based project to highlight the aural qualities of the Academical Village at the University of Virginia.
Van Lengen is a graduate of Vassar College and Columbia University School of Architecture. She began her professional career at I M Pei & Partners where she became the first female design associate, before founding her own firm in New York City that won numerous competitions and awards.
Dean and J.M. Hoppin Professor of Architecture, Yale School of Architecture
Principal and Founding Partner, Robert A.M. Stern Architects
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. Mr. Stern was 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 Art. As founder and Senior Partner of Robert A.M. Stern Architects, he personally directs the design of each of the firm's projects.
Mr. Stern is Dean of the Yale School of Architecture. He was previously 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 his profound interest in the development of New York City's architecture and urbanism can be seen in several of his books including New York 1930 (Rizzoli, 1987) coauthored with Thomas Mellins and Gregory Gilmartin, which was nominated for a National Book Award.
Mr. Stern's work has been exhibited at numerous galleries and universities and is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Centre Pompidou, the Denver Museum of Art, and the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1976, 1980, and 1996, he was among the architects selected to represent the United States at the Venice Biennale, and he served as Chair of the International Jury in 2012. Mr. Stern served on the Board of Directors of The Walt Disney Company from 1992 to 2003. Mr. Stern is a graduate of Columbia University (B.A., 1960) and Yale University (M. Architecture, 1965).